Tuesday, December 01, 2015

That 100 Million Figure, Mr. Prime Minister

I have a new article out in the latest edition of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan's house magazine, the Number 1 Shimbun. I take a brief look at the bizarrely named and even more bizarrely developing New Three Arrows of Abenomics, or as the program is called, mendaciously, "Promoting the Dynamic Engagement of All Citizens." (Link)

A few things got left on the cutting room floor. One of the "so"s of a so katsuyaku (Setagaya Mayor Hosaka Nobuto has noted that the government is taking a passive stance here, since grammatically katsuyaku is something that one can only observe others doing, not do oneself). Oh, and this decorative bit of pontification:
Writing on politics requires a sturdy skepticism, some would even say cynicism. But the duplicitous use of pre-1945 rhetoric as decoration for a national program that does not exist and in all likelihood will never exist transcends the boundaries of cynicism.
As we know, my assessment of "never existing" was premature: a document has been produced...a really embarrassing-to-read document. (Link)

Speaking of shimbun, what the heck is going on at the Yomiuri? The heretofore frenetically applauding advocate for all things Abe and Abe-like is suddenly reporting all kinds of unflattering things about the prime minister's friends and programs (some examples: Link and Link).

It is as if the welcome mat is not so happy with being stepped upon anymore.


Image: Mitsu no kama no taki ("Three Pot Falls") Okutama Township, Tokyo Metropolitan District on 29 November 2015.
Image courtesy: MTC

1 comment:

RodArm said...

I have read the "No. 1 Shimbun" article, and second Michael's views. The fact that the "一億"(one hundred million)as used prior to 1945 includes the prewar populations of Taiwan and Korea is not mentioned. The actual population of Japan proper was around 75 million. This gives the "一億" meme an additional dog whistle tone for the Japanese right.