Would you like to hear some of the prize winners?
mirai no tame ni
For the futures
of all of us
the consumption tax
shakai o tsunagu
The consumption tax
tying together society
minna de osamete
let us pay them together
build the nation
Propaganda does not get much more precious than this...
...a bit of light-hearted counterpoint as 447 government-supported programs are being dragged out, one by one, to face Hatoyama's Stalinist-sounding Government Revitalization Unit* (Gyosei Sasshin Kaigi) in order to plead for continued support from out of the people's taxes.
Image: Prize-winning haiku in praise of taxes. Tokyo Metropolitan District. November 13, 2009. Image credit: MTC.
* This is the translation The Japan Times is using.