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10 Predictions for Japan 2008

Happy New Year everybody! And what a great start… I won the Nenmatsu Jumbo lottery! Actually, that’s a bald-faced lie, but I did win $25 from Jason in his post, Time to Give Away Some Cash. Whoo-hoo! :-D

10 Predictions for 2008 in Japan

Back in December, after watching how easily Brazilian “Psychic” Jucelino Nobrega da Luz convinced Japanese TV audiences of his mystical powers, I thought I’d try my own hand at reading the future. Here are my own predictions for 2008. Hopefully I can refer back to this list during the year and claim to be a psychic myself!

Another new prime minister?1. A new Japanese Prime Minister

Looking into my crystal ball, I see that Japan will once again have a new prime minister during 2008. My psychic skills won’t tell me who or when, but I’m confident we will have a new “leader” before the year is out.

iPhone to flop in Japan?2. iPhone flops in Japan

There will be huge publicity over the launch of the iPhone, but it will come too late. By the time it’s released, competing phone makers will be offering the same multi-touch technology in their own handsets, and Apple’s failure to get the market share it was looking for will be blamed on a “lack of understanding of Japanese culture”.

Arakawa wins gold3. Japanese athlete wins Olympic gold

Much like when Arakawa Shizuka won Olympic gold in figure skating, this year’s summer Olympics in China will produce a single gold medal winner for Japan. Like the former ice skater, praise will be heaped upon the Olympic champion, hiding the fact that Japan failed to bring home more than one gold medal.

Cute Japanese robot4. Aibo-style robot boom begins

2008 will be the year that artificially intelligent robots are on every child’s Christmas list. It might be an add-on for the Nintendo Wii, or a standalone robot programmable through cell phones, I can’t say, but I do know it will be very “cute”.

Global warming5. Japan has the hottest summer on record

It’s almost inevitable that we will once again have a very hot summer, with a record number of days over 40 degrees celsius. This will be accompanied by numerous water-related tragedies and the deaths of uninformed elderly folk who believe air conditioners are bad for your health.

Nikuman6. Food scandals continue in 2008

Like last year, both domestic and imported food will be exposed as poisoned, expired, or made of cardboard. The population will abandon certain foods or brands, switching to other equally-guilty-but-not-yet-exposed products.

Earthquake7. Over a dozen killed in Japanese earthquake

It won’t be the big one we’re all waiting for, but Japan will still suffer another fatal earthquake. In this annual event, a dozen people will be killed when their wooden houses, built on the side of mountains, are flattened by resulting landslides.

Nova died in 20078. Large, scandal-ridden company makes headlines

With Nova last year, and Livedoor in 2006, my crystal ball shows another big name company suffering a similar fate in 2008. The president will be publicly humiliated for at least a month before the general public forgets the whole thing ever happened.

Foreign crime magazine9. Foreign crime on the rise again

You don’t really have to be a psychic to see another round of foreigner-bashing this year. With crime statistics published annually, it’s inevitable that the media will spend a disproprtionate amount of time blaming foreigners for the nation’s growing crime problem. Personally, I blame this guy.

More taxes10. Higher taxes and higher prices

Well, you can’t really expect things to get cheaper, can you? Following on the trend from 2007, I can see taxes rising to counter the hugely exaggerated terrorist threat, the need to clean the air, the looming pension problems, and to cover NHK’s losses when people don’t pay their licence fees! Furthermore, oil prices and subprime loans will be blamed for further increases in the price of cheese.

Well, there you have it. Ten predictions for 2008. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Kazuko Hosoki predicts a great year!

Hosoki Kazuko

Well for me at least. Apparently I’m a Tennoseijin (a kind of sun sign, I think) which is derived from my date and time of birth, and every 12 years you get one great year. Though I don’t follow astrology, or even read my horoscope, my wife does and she seems to know a lot.

Most of Mami’s knowledge of astrology comes from reading Kazuko Hosoki’s books. The ‘queen’, as she’s known, is Japan’s most famous fortune teller. Formerly a chef, and owner of a number of restaurants, Hosoki has made a fortune… telling fortunes! She has written over 100 books, including many best sellers, and according to Japan Today, she commands 4 or 5 million yen per TV show, which exceeds a typical ESL teacher’s annual income!

The Japan Probe labelled her as pure evil:

If you live outside of Japan, you may recognize her as one of the stricter judges on the Japanese cooking show ‘Iron Chef’. If you live in Japan and own a TV, you will probably recognize her as a mean old fortuneteller who appears on TV nearly every day. I guess a lot of Japanese people like to listen to her give condescending speeches on how other people are wrong, stupid, and/or heading towards misfortune. Why so many people seem to like this mean-spirited old woman is beyond me.

Expo1970 on the D-Addicts forum posted:

Hosoki Kazuko needs to be taken off of TV. She’s vulgar, self-righteous, and unnecessarily influential.

Certainly, most of the people I’ve asked don’t like her. She shoots from the hip without any fear of being impolite, and is famous for lines such as “You’re going to hell!” and “You have a snake on your back!” I’ve also heard her tell one female celebrity she should stay home and look after her husband, and I remember her telling Thane Camus, a popular foreign celebrity who came to Japan when he was a young child, to go back to the States!

However, people remain fascinated by her predictions, and while she sees good things for a Tennouseijin like me, I’ll be listening carefully. Rock on 2007!

P.S. While preparing for this post, I came across Sky View Zone, which had a remarkably accurate description of my personality, using sun signs. Check it out.