Friday, September 22, 2006













The fact that we have held on so lovingly to the Constitution and the Fundamental Law of Education, which were created when we were under the occupation of Allied forces and before we became independent, only proves that we are still under the mind control of the occupation forces.

-- Abe Shinzo

Oh, HELL no.

It’s exactly like Bush all over again, only the East rather than the West is getting the shaft this time. Say hello to more visits to Yasukuni Shrine, more revisionist Japanese textbooks cranking out more clueless nationalists or apathetic model citizens, and more talk of Japan amending their constitution to negate Article 9 and again formalize their military. Say goodbye to any hope for progress in Japan/everyone-else-in-proximity-to-Japan relations. I hope I am wrong, but what does history tell us about a consummate politician with no tangible vision elected on a platform of fear and nationalistic fervor?

And why would Japan need to militarize again? Oh yes, because the rest of Asia is still pissed off that Japan's "effort to save them from the West" -- or, if you're not a Japanese tool, Japan's systematic butchering into submission of East Asia -- has not been acknowledged properly nor apologized for. Oh, and lest we forget, Japan also needs to protect itself from everyone who isn't Japanese. Why, remember the wise words of Abe's nationalist crony Ishihara Shintaro, the governor of Tokyo, when he asserted that Nanking never happened and was fabricated by the lowly Chinese, who, don't you know, have criminality etched into their DNA, which complements nicely his belief that foreigners are the majority of who commits crimes in Japan? My personal favorite nationalistic bile is Ishihara's theory that women who can no longer bear children are worthless to Japanese society.

Just like countries and politics almost everywhere in these ironically insular times, Japan is a silly boys club wanting to wave their dicks about, placating the masses with rhetoric and fear, while the country spirals down the shithole. Meh.

But...

You know me, always wanting to leave on a high note. This cheers me up, or rather, combats the distressing vision of the future that I have when confronted with the above. Hope springs eternal.

2 Comments:

Blogger tolerableisuppose said...

Are Shintaro's and Ishihara's statements really that different from other political leaders blaming, for example, Mexicans for high unemployment rates and high cost social services? I am sure that I can think of many other countries whose leaders prey on its people's fears (one such being able to care for their families) by seeking to outrage the masses, while distracting them from more serious issues. While these are poor and well used tactics, there is no government that doesn't use them, and the public is usually all too ready to accept them.

September 27, 2006 at 11:31:00 PM PDT  
Blogger saudade said...

Hey, thanks for the comment, pandp. What you have written about other political leaders is absolutely true, hence my opening statement about my country's own administration. My isolation of the Japanese government and my own sadness about Japan lies more in my personal relationship with the country.

The crux for me is Japan's government-approved, culturally enforced xenophobia, which to an extent extends to their homogeny as well, and that in context with their resistance to social modernization and desire to become a steward in Asia is a true study in foolishness, arrogance, and ignorance of past mistakes.

It is this arrogance that in part led to the military complex of Japan in the mid to late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the resulting horrors in East Asia, particularly China. It is what is feared when the elimination of Article 9 is not only discussed, but placed on the table as less of a "defense" issue, but an issue of Japanese pride.

September 28, 2006 at 1:00:00 AM PDT  

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