"Yui-san, I see you are flanked by two U.S. astronauts. This would be a perfect time for you to express your indignation at Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's recent visit to Etorofu!"
I'm not the man they think I am at allAndy Sharp of Bloomberg News has a bulletin out on the seeming contradiction between weekend's protests against the collective security legislation, the recent spate of truly crappy economic news and the rise in support for the Cabinet in the Nihon Keizai Shimbun's latest poll. He quotes me in the piece thusly:
Oh, no, no, no.
I'm a Rocket Man!
- Elton John & Bernie Taupin, "Rocket Man" (1972)
"Abe has weathered a hot summer, both inside and outside the Diet building," said Michael Cucek, an adjunct professor at Sophia University in Tokyo. "It seemed for Abe the news could not get any worse, and then it happened: the news did not get any worse,” he said, adding that Abe seems to be "levitating in contempt of the normal downward pull of political gravity."The crucial relationship is between the words "seems" and "to be levitating." Abe is not actually levitating. He does not have to: he is standing atop a lit multi-stage rocket.
The stages are:
First: a disengaged, disenchanted and lethargic electorate
Second: no major economic proposals promising better results than Abenomics
Third: no major rivals within the LDP
Fourth: no House of Representatives elections necessary for 3 1/2 years;
Fifth: almost suicidally fissionable opposition parties / no appreciable support for an opposition capable of seizing the reins of government (Tie)
There are likely more stages below these, hidden in the clouds.
Original image courtesy: Abe Shinzo Facebook page.