Monday, July 20, 2009

Japanese politics

I've avoided writing anything about the recent events in Japanese politics, mostly because I don't care.
And when I say that, I don't really mean it. Not at all.
Deep, deep down, there is an incredibly strong desire to see radical, sweeping change wash away so many of the problems inherent in Japan's political structures.
So much of that which is stagnant in Japan can be traced to the inability of the political system to move past some very entrenched political structures [not that this is unique to Japan].
At the same time though, the kind of revolution that it would take to knock these structures apart would cause immense upheaval and pain within Japanese society. And it is hard to wish that on anyone.
So while I may hope for change in Japan, I can't really want it to occur; not at that level anyway.
And, frankly, the DPJ is as hidebound as the LDP in too many ways. So, even, if somehow, the LDP doesn't find a way to cling to power again (it usually does) and the DPJ does gain traction, the old adage will still apply: plus ca change.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Hence: I really don't care.

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