Tuesday, December 31, 2013

But it has been such an ethical operation thus far?

You have to credit the Japanese kleptocracy for at least being consistent.
(Reuters) - Seiji Sasa hits the train station in this northern Japanese city before dawn most mornings to prowl for homeless men. He isn't a social worker. He's a recruiter. The men in Sendai Station are potential laborers that Sasa can dispatch to contractors in Japan's nuclear disaster zone for a bounty of $100 a head. "This is how labor recruiters like me come in every day," Sasa says, as he strides past men sleeping on cardboard and clutching at their coats against the early winter cold. It's also how Japan finds people willing to accept minimum wage for one of the most undesirable jobs in the industrialized world: working on the $35 billion, taxpayer-funded effort to clean up radioactive fallout across an area of northern Japan larger than Hong Kong.
Killing two birds with one radioactive stone.

And yet, the shame lies only with the victims of homelessness, apparently.

Some of America's biggest jerks libertarians will read this story with their biggest 'free market boners'.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]


StonyPillow said...

The homeless might seem less menacing if they glow in the dark.

kingweasil said...

"He isn't a social worker"...fucking right he's not. They probably save a ton of money on that radioactive preventive crap too!

Anonymous said...

That Japan has homeless people now, further demonstrates the nature of capital-ism. Unheard of 30 years ago

Anonymous said...

So, it's not just the homeless glowing in the dark, but the [formerly] invisible hand, too.

pansypoo said...

yeah, japanese homeless?

on the bright side, not using prisoners.

Anonymous said...

Literally right out of Handmaid's Tale. Life hideously imitating art.