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[–] Voxxe [S] 1 point 6 points (+7|-1) ago 

It is incredibly ironic and sad that only Japan has elements of significant resistance against the TPP on moral grounds. The 'west' is a shell. Psychopaths rule, and 'good men do nothing.' The apathy is palpable. The descent into tyranny is almost deserved.

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[–] 404_SLEEP_NOT_FOUND 1 point 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

It's almost as though the Japanese care about their country. The American culture has become rotten and complacent. Much like how Rome was before it fell.

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[–] vicarious 1 point 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

The Europeans are active too, more than 2.3 million signatures have been collected by Stop TTIP. I'm not saying that will change anything, but a growing number of citizens are concerned by the subject.

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[–] Newfoundhigh 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

How can we do something like this?

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[–] abk006 ago 

You can't. You haven't been harmed by the TPP (yet), so you have no standing to sue. I have no idea what Japan's legal system is like, but I'd bet money that this suit will fail for exactly that reason.

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[–] Kad 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Good luck to them.

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[–] jxfaith ago 

Does anyone have a mirror for this? I'm getting a login/sign up redirect, and fuck that noise.

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[–] The_Adventurist ago 

The Japanese are very pragmatic and don't glorify corporate power and wealth over normal middle class people. Their executives ride the buses and subways. They don't take obscene salaries. It's all very measured and, like I said, pragmatic. There's are centuries old hierarchies and traditions to follow and those often slow their economy down, but at the same time they keep it from falling too far. It's very boring moderation and it's working just fine.

There is corruption in Japan, but not so much that some American lobbyist can just show up and slap a few million in the right hands and get support for the TPP. I have a friend who works on American movies filming in Japan and the producers were trying to close down this street for filming. It was a scene where the cars had to drive one way down the street, do a 180, and then drive the opposite way up the street. The problem is, this was a one-way street. The local officials wouldn't let them drive the wrong way down the street, even if it was entirely closed off for filming and all safety precautions were in place because it was against the law of that specific street. The producers then said something to the effect of, "ok how much is this gonna cost us?" attempting to bribe the local officials and my friend had to quickly take the producers aside and explain how trying to bribe local officials when you aren't getting your way will only make them terminate the whole thing and refuse to work with you. As predicted, the officials especially wouldn't budge and they took the production to Australia where they recreated the entire street on a soundstage and shot it there.

Just goes to show that rules are RULES in Japan.

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[–] Tokyofpv ago 

Those 1000+ have a vested financial interest in keeping the monopoly in their own hands.

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[–] draco_nite ago 

がんばれ日本! 日本万歳!