Life in the Land of the Rising Sun

Monday, March 09, 2009

The (Disturbed) State of the Nation

In a poll taken two weeks ago in this country, 71% of respondents said they thought Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso should resign as a result of both his incompetence and public sentiment that he is becoming increasingly out of touch with current issues. This compares to 13% that supported him and 45% who felt the country should instead be led by the main opposition leader, Democratic Party of Japan chief Ichiro Ozawa.

(A campaign poster for the DPJ featuring Ozawa. The caption says, "The Father of Japan moves," or something like that.)

Now 57% of poll respondents are saying Ozawa should resign both as DPJ chief and as a member of the Diet as a result of a recently uncovered political donation scandal.

The voting public can be pretty fickle, can't it? Then again, so can politicians' morals.

As for me, I'm 100% fed up with politics in general, but since I can't vote, it doesn't really matter, does it?

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  • I vote for Blogger not eating my entries and giving back innocuous errors.

    word verification: etrocks. You bet your gnarled finger he does.

    By Blogger Don Snabulus, at 12:27 AM  

  • It only took six weeks for illustrious leader to snub the leader of our most important ally Gordon Brown of Brittian. Obama's budget is also facing backlash from his own party. Yet when I hear certain callers on talk radio, I have to feel that someone painted a picture portrait on their rose colored sunglasses. I expect the economy will tank totally, and America will be divided up amongst those who didn't bet on the stock market and have all their assets in gold.

    gangses - more than one gangs

    By Anonymous Dave, a gold fish, at 8:06 AM  

  • Snabudon
    There seems to be a lot of both, doesn't there?

    Dave, a gold fish
    Who knows? Maybe making a budget that irked certain members of his own party was just what "illustrious leader" (What is this, North Korea?) needed to do! Maybe Gordon Brown needed to be snubbed! Maybe glasses should be rose-colored! Maybe the leading brand is better than Brand X! Whatever. At any rate, I don't think six weeks is enough time to make much of a judgement, no matter what color.


    And what any of this has to do with voter sentiment in Japan, I have yet to figure out.

    By Blogger The Moody Minstrel, at 1:00 PM  

  • Oh yes, we ALL know about fickle voters by now. Voters with short memories. Nobody is ever pleased.

    By Blogger Olivia, at 2:15 PM  

  • This side is no different... probably worse.

    By Blogger HappySurfer, at 3:59 PM  

  • Yes, I probably should have stuck to the post more literally.

    I see building a democracy like trying to assemble a balsa wood airplane without instructions.

    Its hard. It takes knowledge and experience. It takes a sense of vision.

    In that case, Japan's adoption of western democracy means someone has glue all over their fingers.

    In the case of the United States, we are traveling down the runway while helpful idiots are sawing the wings off.

    propyar - the influence for this post

    By Anonymous Dave, a carp e diem, at 7:25 AM  

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