太田述正コラム#3454(2009.8.11)
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<nosebleederjp>

 若者は国のためには死なないと言いながら、サッカーの試合で死ぬほど「日本」を応援したりしている。
 ネーションという国民感情は、内省的であるよりもむしろ対外的なものである。
 もし明日から日本という国が消えて米国の1州となると決まったとしたら、日本を守るために立ち上がるだろう。
 内政が悪いとか批判している国民は結局のところ、家庭で愚痴を言っているサラリーマンと大差ない。

<太田>

>もし明日から日本という国が消えて米国の1州となると決まったとしたら、日本を守るために立ち上がるだろう。

 そーお?
 このまま米国の属国でいるのが最悪。
 それよきゃ宗主国に吸収され、宗主国の大統領選や連邦議会議員選挙の投票権を得る方がボクにゃマシに見えるがねえ。
 (ただし、徴兵されるリスクを覚悟しなきゃダメよ。)
 むろん、ボクのイチオシは「独立」だけど。

<αλαλ>(「たった一人の反乱」より)

 これ↓はなかなか面白いねえ。

http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=OThiODcwYzU4OGUwMjBkMDc1YjZkOWVlM2UxZGEyZDI=

<太田>

 高齢化/人口減少社会への移行のトップランナーである日本は、産業社会への移行のトップランナーであったかつての英国同様、世界をリードする国になるだろうって指摘だね。
 だけど、ランニング・スピードが速過ぎると思うけどね。

<αλαλ>(同上)

 カナダの場合

http://www.timescolonist.com/technology/Canada+problem+babies/1800230/story.html(A)
http://www.cdhowe.org/display.cfm?page=detail&PUB_ID=862 (B)

<太田>

 ・・・Japan's low fertility rate of barely 1.3 children per woman represents as much an existential threat to that country as the nuclear manoeuvrings of North Korea.・・・(A)

て認識↑が日本では皆無に近いのはどういうわけだろね。
 移民だけで人口減少を食い止めるのは不可能に近いようだね。↓

 ・・・If Canada has never really sounded the alarm about the low fertility rate, it's because we had an antidote -- immigration.・・・
 <It is> discovered that the current influx of immigrants -- about 0.67 per cent of the resident population -- barely makes a dent.
 The data show that the only way immigration could offset the declining birth rate is if Canada dismantles border controls and floods the country with well over a half million immigrants a year.
 Even then, the government would need to impose rigid "age filters" to ensure that only young people are among the new arrivals.
 This is radical stuff and therefore politically not feasible.・・・(A)

 この論考の筆者は悲観的すぎるね。
 女性の社会参画を止めさせるしか方法はない↓なんて。

 The brutal truth is this: The only surefire way to ensure women have lots of children is to deny them sexual equality.・・・
 Equality has meant giving women opportunities for personal fulfilment beyond childrearing. It has meant that for women, social status is now derived from the same things as for men -- educational achievement, professional advancement, accumulation of wealth.
 Conversely, where women achieve status mainly through their role as matriarch you'll find a high birthrate. You don't have to travel to exotic places to find such societies. Right here in the West there are communities where women routinely have five, six, seven children, but these are almost always religious communities -- devout Muslims, Orthodox Jews, serious Catholics and the like.・・・(A)

 出生率を劇的に改善したフランスの例もある。
 日本だって移民の受け入れと、フランス流の子育て支援の飛躍的充実との組み合わせで、何とかできると思うよ。

 記事の紹介です。
 
 英国人が、いまだかつてないほど怠け者になっているとさ。↓
 私に言わせりゃ、彼等の本来の姿(コラム#81)に戻りつつあるだけなんだけどな。

 Britons lazier than ever, new health study finds・・・
 One in six would rather watch a TV program they didn’t like than leave the sofa to change the channel if their remote control was broken. A third (36 percent) of the 2,000 adults surveyed for the study said they would not run to catch a bus and more than half (59 percent) would not walk up two flights of stairs to reach their office, choosing instead to take the elevator.
 More than half of dog owners (52 percent) did not walk their dogs, and two-thirds (64 percent) of parents admit to always being too tired to play with their children.
 Almost three-quarters (73 percent) of couples saying they regularly do not have enough energy at the end of the day to have sex, with more than half (58 percent) blaming a lack of fitness.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2009/08/11/2003450835

 食糧自給率向上論をファイナンシャルタイムスが批判してます。↓
 賛成!

 ・・・a simplistic chorus for greater self-sufficiency in food. Such an approach is superficially appealing in a British context. Globally, however, it would be a recipe for disaster. ・・・
 The challenges are different. Britain is relatively “food secure”. The issue is to make Britons eat more healthy food, rather than provide them with enough of it. More important, the global war on hunger is being lost. The number of chronically hungry people topped 1bn this year.・・・
 The answer to this gathering global crisis does not lie in doomed attempts at autarky or in semi-feudal arrangements between consumer and producer countries. If global food markets become more shallow and (even) less stable, the trend towards food nationalism could become a stampede. That would be disastrous.
 Instead, the focus must be on boosting global production, and on restoring confidence in global markets.・・・
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/997f66fa-85e3-11de-98de-00144feabdc0.html?nclick_check=1

 経済不況とフリーインターネットポルノの普及で、米国のポルノ業界は青息吐息の状況とか。↓
 日本じゃどうなんだろう。

 ・・・The adult entertainment business, centered in the San Fernando Valley, <California,> has weathered several recessions since it took off with the advent of home video in the 1980s. But this time the industry is not dealing with just a weakened economy. A growing abundance of free content on the Internet is undercutting consumers' willingness to pay for porn, and with it the ability of many workers to earn a living in the business.・・・
 Industry insiders estimate that since 2007, revenue for most adult production and distribution companies has declined 30% to 50% and the number of new films made has fallen sharply.・・・
 At least five of the 100 top websites in the U.S. are portals for free pornography, referred to in the industry as "tube sites," according to Internet traffic ranking service Alexa .com. Some of their content is amateur work uploaded by users and some is acquired from cheap back catalogs, but much of it is pirated.・・・
 Frustratingly for porn producers and distributors in the Valley, none of these sites appears to be making much money. ・・・
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-porn10-2009aug10,0,2410010,print.story

 日本のマスコミ、国内での台風被害と静岡県でのちんけな(ゴメン)地震報道ばかりだけど、目と鼻の先の旧植民地でのこういう甚大な台風被害の報道↓がどうしてトップに来ないのかね。

 ・・・A typhoon-spawned mudslide engulfed a mountain village in southern Taiwan, burying up to 600 people・・・
 In Japan, meanwhile, Typhoon Etau slammed into the west coast Monday. Twelve people were killed in raging floodwaters and landslides, and 10 others were missing, police said. (AP電)
http://www.latimes.com/news/la-fg-china-storm11-2009aug11,0,546261,print.story 
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