Letters From Japan

I receive letters from different parts of the world. Most are fairly short, not always sweet, and sometimes they are bitter about American life. This is a letter, actually two letters combined into one, that I’ve received from Japan that deals with collapse survival in a foreign land.

I think they are worth sharing, since they help convey some of the concerns others have in other countries of the world.

“I have been an avid reader of your writting for over a year now. Thank you and lonewolf very much for telling the scary truth. I am writing to you now since I have recently obtained a 3 yr. extension of stay to my 1 yr. visa for Japan. Paranoia kept me from expressing my thanks earlier. While detrimental in this case (since registration for comments on the blog have been closed and thus can’t thank lonewolf directly), it also had kept me out of a Chinese jail. I don’t know how much time I have left to express my thanks. Not much I think, and now seems like the best time to do it. So thank you very much.

Aside from my gratitude all I can offer at the moment is information about what I know about the crash here in East Asia. Here in the suburbs of Tokyo inflation started to increase a bit a couple of months ago. Since the fall of last year the Japanese newspapers I have read or seen on TV have been having stories about how inflation is increasing and the economic outlook is worsening. It seems like middlemen here had been taking the brunt of the inflation and let it erode their profit margins instead of passing it along to the consuming sheeple here. But at various food stores and restaurants here the pressure has finally proved too great and prices have jumped. Most of the price increases have been on the cheap foodstuffs.

Inflation has shot up more in China. The Chinese government suddenly about a month or two ago got very strict about the tourist and business visas it issues. No more half year or year multiple entry visas. Now it is single entry one month visa. There is talk that these will become history too and will be replaced by 14 and 5 day visas. Supposedly the Chicoms are worried about foreigners disrupting the Olymbucks. At least one result from this policy is a disruption of trade. Exactly how quantifiably bad this will be is unknown for now.

I suspect that Sheeple occupy a larger percentage of the population here than in the US. The breed is a bit different; they tend to like to work in groups in harmony. While there are not as many fatties here than there, they are still living the soft and easy life.

As for me, in early June I will be moving to a place in the countryside that has been suffering depopulation. I have quit my job in Tokyo effective early June, applied for jobs there, and joined WWOOF. I have about 80kg of gear and dried food I have yet figured out how to move yet. I am on my own in this. My wife is one of those worthless sheeple. I guess the best course of action is to mail all my stuff from the local post office the day after the job ends and then the next day drop the bombshell on my wife that I am moving and ask her if she would like to get divorced that day or if she would like to drag it. If both parties mutually agree to divorce and can get two witnesses to sign the proper paper, then divorce will become legally binding upon submission of the proper forms in person by both parties at the city hall.

A quick look at the 1918 Rice Riots is worth your while, I think. I talked with one of my wife’s relatives who was a teenager living and working on a farm in the Japanese countryside back then. She never heard of any riots back then. And she and family and neighbors always had plenty of food to eat.

I hope that all that I have written has been worth your time reading. Thanks again for scaring me into action by telling the truth as you know it. Your future post about $10,000 minimum orders certainly shock me with fear, but I recovered. It is good to know in advance that such a post will become real some time in the future.

The countryside of Japan is the best compromise location for me for the future. There are other places I considered, but rejected due to being too cold, too hot in the near future, too dry in the near future, local populace too tough or too big, the local language is too difficult or completely unknown to me, etc. My field craft skills are poor and it has been ages since I fired a gun. I would not last long in the future North American Union where there are plenty of guns and a large number of people better at field craft.

Reading is my daily religious activity; I read news on the Internet about the decimation and also articles about wilderness survival and camping. Hard exercise is an almost daily religious activity for me and has been for years. Every so often while riding the train (I usually read a non-fiction book or newspaper then) I observe the other passengers and guess which which ones beat in a hand-to-hand fight. If it is one-on-one then I would say I could beat 99% of them. In a life-or-death contest, only a fool fights fair.

Better than skipping the last few paragraphs of a news article is skipping certain sections of a news paper and then reading the headlines. The headlines can often tell instantly if a story is worth reading or not. I skip the sports and entertainment sections entirely; both are just fake news that is really advertising for products detrimental to me (reading them at best would be at best a small loss of time). What I like about your writing is the analysis of the news reports and facts and the most likely future results of them. Such writing is very rarely found in a newspaper.

I have been in tougher spots before and I am 100% certain my life will be tougher then ever five years from now (I am guessing I will be alive then). If I am alive in 2018, it will be a big surprise to me. I don’t want to have to resort to cannibalism to survive and I don’t want to be eaten by cannibals. I believe that cannibalism in the future will be less common in rural areas than in cities. So that is one of the reasons I am giving up the urban life.

In the chaos of the future if I am in a confrontation where the other side has a gun I plan on running away. I’d rather be shot in the back than be put in a cage.

I have purposely wrote without humor. If I included it than maybe the humor would be remembered more than the message. Please include any commentary that you see fit that will help those of like mind and aspiration.”


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3 thoughts on “Letters From Japan

  • May 13, 2008 at 11:18 pm
    This is of interest to me because in a past life, I was in Japan for a time, could read and speak Japanese fairly well, and knew a fair bit about the culture.

    The writer must be a foreigner living in Japan and married to a Japanese woman.

    In Japan, there is something of a national crisis (that only older people care about) because almost all of the people with knowledge of the old ways are either very old or dead. The young all move to the big cities and don’t care about the old ways.

    Logistically, Japan relies on imports and technology far more than we do in the US, since the country is very resource-poor. They import most of their food, and almost 100% of their oil, which they use a lot of. Their technology is in general substantially more advanced and efficient than here in the US, but the downside is that there’s not much more efficiency that can be gained.

    There is also not much free space in Japan. It’s about the size of California but with over 100 million people. I’m not sure that there’s any place that could be considered truly remote.

    Culturally, Japan is probably much better off than the US, because they have a tremendous social cohesion that drives people to stick together, and work together, to peacefully overcome group and social problems while ensuring that everyone involved is provided for.

    That’s only for racially “pure” Japanese, though. They are, on the whole, a racist and xenophobic people, even as they envy the West. (Which they probably shouldn’t.) Their racism is very “polite”. They’re generally not rude or violent against outsiders, but things will just never seem to go your way… if you know what I mean.

    The government has a habit of blaming foreigners in Japan for all of its problems, because they’re an easy scapegoat.

    But when push comes to shove, and no amount of compromising can create a harmonious solution for everybody (ie, when there just isn’t enough food to go around), I’m sure they’re going to be as violent as any other people. Foreigners will be the first to be killed by the mob, and since no place in Japan is really remote, no place is really safe…

  • May 14, 2008 at 3:51 pm
    Too bad the letter writer can’t submit comments to this blog, as I’d like to hear more.

    I think, though, that the sheeple are a huge percentage of the population here as well as there.

  • May 15, 2008 at 8:58 am
    Even sheep can stampede when they panic! It can be scary.

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