Real wages fell for the 14th consecutive month in May. Taxes that are compulsorily collected by the public have reached a record high. Are the low-income common people who support the LDP and Komeito governments ‘pigs supporting the butcher?’
Hiroyuki Nishimura, a.k.a. “Hiroyuki,” the founder of “2channel,” updated his Twitter page on July 7. He called the people who support the ruling party “pigs supporting the butcher.
The Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare announced on July 7 that the Monthly Labor Survey for May showed a 1.2% year-on-year decline in real wages, which reflect changes in prices in the total amount of cash wages (nominal wages). In short, “money available for household use” has decreased for 14 consecutive months due to the impact of high prices.
The country’s general account tax revenues for FY 2010 reached the 71 trillion yen level, a record high for the third year in a row. It is surprising that tax revenues are higher than during the bubble period, when people are in such financial trouble due to high prices and high energy prices, partly due to the war in Ukraine and the weak yen.
The tax rate is still not this high. The real work of raising taxes and increasing the burden is just beginning. The Kishida administration is all about sucking money out of the hands of the people. Income tax, retirement benefits, unemployment insurance, health insurance, invoice system, deduction for dependents, payroll deductions for salaried workers, and all sorts of other things will be revised so that the government can take more money from the people.
Some estimate that the national burden rate will soon exceed 50%. Prime Minister Kishida’s entourage and relatives are all related from the Ministry of Finance. Former Prime Minister Abe was soft on his friends and relatives, but he kept a close eye on the tax hikes planned by the Ministry of Finance. Now he can do whatever he wants.
The national burden ratio is simply defined as the ratio of “tax-related” expenses to national income.
It is calculated as follows: “(tax burden + social insurance premium burden) / national income
If a person earns 5 million yen a year, the national tax burden is calculated as follows. Even if you earn 5 million yen a year, if the tax rate is 50%, the government takes almost 2.5 million yen from you.
Mr. Hiroyuki likened the low-income citizens who support the autocratic government to “pigs supporting a butcher,” and this appears to be exactly what he meant.
The LDP has been in power for most of the postwar 70-plus years. As for the Komei Party, the LDP is still strong, as its supportive body is the Soka Gakkai, which is why it is a given that the people will vote for the party.
When the LDP lost the election in 2009, the “missing pension problem” caused a great deal of damage, and the DPJ took over the government. However, the DPJ’s response to the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 was poor, and in 2012 the LDP was again the ruling party.
The current Kishida administration’s unusual course of tax increases and successive mistakes with the my number card have also affected the approval rating. There was a strong view that a general election would be held to dissolve the government, but the reason for the postponement is probably due to the growing dissatisfaction of the people and the decline in the approval rating.
The Japanese are also indifferent to the government’s tax hikes. Like the “pigs who support the butcher,” as Hiroyuki says, we Japanese will gladly choose our fate to be eaten.