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Ecology of economies and households

Janus (1), the two faces of Japan and of the dollar

where is the perfection of transcendent wisdom ?

Zen, manga, sushi, karaoke, geisha... capitalism, economic growth, mass culture, stockpiles, advertising, propaganda, interests, consumption, technology, information, middle class, games, entertainments, tradition, customs, order, symbols, atomic bombs, Japanese-American Security Treaty, raw materials, economic crisis, inflation, unemployment, destruction of the family, the submissive woman, apathy, over thirty-thousand suicides per year...

— The ambiguity of the mirror —

The constitution (2) prohibits any military potential and any participation in war, but Japan agrees nonetheless to an American military presence and to the fabrication of a high-tech military arsenal, including nuclear weapons (?).
Japanese industry is in expansion throughout the world, while considering the developing countries as a burden to neo-free-market theories. These tend to maintain, through ideology, the gap between rich and poor countries ; these same companies will sometimes invest in Official Development Assistance (ODA) (3) and in international cooperation networks...

The Japanese army is participating in the Iraq war "constructively".
This war, purely economic, involves us even unto our households, as socially irresponsible shareholders / consumers ! We are not passive, we are active participants. "No war, do not kill" doesn't necessarily mean "I do not kill"...

— The structure of capitalism contains time and buys the conscience of households —

"Every five years, your capital is doubled... If you had begun, twenty years ago, saving two hours a day, you would have, at the age of 62, that is, after 40 years, 256 times the sum saved up until then, that is, 26,910,720,000 seconds, will say the gentlemen in grey from the Time Savings Bank. That will be over ten times the total length of your life." ("Momo", Michael Ende) (4). The households of Japan, according to the ideology of monetary time, will today have saved a lot of time and a lot of money (nearly 2000 billion euros in 2002) (5).

What is it that maintains production and consumption? Where does the problem of "money" come from? .

"The constraint of economic growth maintains production and consumption", says Michael Ende... "As to the problem of "money", which all capitalist countries know, without exception, it is inherent to the structure of the trading of money, which includes all of its aspects, from administration, management, guarantees, etc., up to and including the issuing of money. (6)

Can the Yen paint life in a rosy hue? I am issuing pink Yen. Let's create pink Yen and see.

Creating your Yen

:: action 1 ::::: Take this pink Yen (or copy it on any support - download the image of the Yen).

:: action 2 ::::: tag, paste, rip, paint... or any other means of expression, without trying to reproduce or use the Yen as a real banknote.


1) Janus : Saturn, driven from the heavens and from Greece by his son Jupiter, gave Janus the gift of "double knowledge", that of the past and that of the future. Ovid states that he has two faces because he exercises his power over the heavens, over the seas as over the earth; all things open or close according to his will; he governs the vast reaches of the universe. Janus is the master gatekeeper, the inventor of coins, and the god of all things.

2) Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, Chapter II, "RENUNCIATION OF WAR" : "Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes ... in order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized. (MOFA, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Japan)

3) Official Development Assistance from the Japanese government for the Gulf War : 13 billion $ (1990-91), Afghanistan 500 million $ (2002-06), Iraq 5 billion $ (over four years) [economic cooperation], Asia 6615 million $ (1999) 4217 million $ (2001), Middle East 545 million $ (1999) 290 million $ (2001), Africa 997 million $ (1999) 849 million $ (2001), Latin America 818 million $ (1999) 737 million $ (2001) OCDE Japan. Total in 2001 : 9.8 billion $ (11.4 billion $ USA), 2002 : 9.2 billion $ (12.9 billion $ USA). Japan gave up first place to the USA in 2001.

4) Michael Ende (1929-1995), German author of "The Neverending Story" : "Momo"; Ende is the son of surrealist painter Edgar Ende.

5) According to the International Corporate Responsibility (SRI, Ethical Funds). And "Japan intervenes, but does not reassure" (Prime Minister Koizumi's project for the privatisation of the post office, "bastion of conservatives", holder of over one-third of household savings, estimated at 2000 billion euros), according to the newspaper Libération, 20 September 2002.According to the newspaper "Le Temps" (Geneva) of 23 August 2003, the GNP's of Hungary, Vietnam, Uruguay, and Pakistan are 48.9 billion euros, 32.6, 19, and 9.6... in fact, the savings of Japanese households alone is equivalent to almost the entire sum of the GNP's of all developing countries.

6) "Ende's Last Words / An examination of the principles and function of money", NHK editions, interview of the Japanese Television Corporation NHK, concerning the reform of the Japanese economy

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