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Unstable words sound more unstable day by day.

October 11, 2009 4 comments

The Democratic Party of Japan (the DPJ), The Social Democratic Party and The People’s New Party (kokumin shin tou) have formed the tripartite coalition for about a month. People already know they agreed with each other because of the Diet seat at the Upper house, and people also don’t know this coalition is going to last by the election which is supposed to be held in summer. With this agreement, the DPJ can also achieve the majority in the Upper house. In other words, if the DPJ wins the election in summer, they don’t need to keep their coalition.

Frustration against the Liberal Democratic Party governing Japan over 50 years is the main reason why voters choose the LDP. The lawmakers of the DPJ definetely know it. In order to win the election in August, the LDP drastically proclaimed their manifesto, which just sounds like pursuing dreams and probably only tend to attract people. I think the manifesto now makes it dubious to achieve due to its idealistic perspective. Unstable Utterances on the problems of the base in Okinawa of the Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama, were one of the effects of both of the coalition and the manifesto.

According to articles about Yukio Hatoyama on the Internet, he advocated that bases, which are tactically built by the convention between Japan and America, should be transfered to other prefectures or overseas. But now, as the top person of Japan and as the leader of the governing party, his words is falling in constraints. No one can make a treaty alone. He has to discuss and conclude this matter with America, considering the tripartite coalition and his personal policy.

I’m definitely not saying Okinawa have to endure all of parts of the treaty. I mean, words which he tentatively gave people in order to win the election and get the Diet seats will ironically hold himself. Okay, if he, as what he said “other prefectures or overseas”, indicated its tangible region, people living there would resist his words. What if he would indicate overseas? Do we have to compensate its country for transferring bases? What if the country would not accept our ask? Is it okay just to impose something troublesome bothering Japanese to other countries?

It is undeniable that we were the one who choose ‘who was better’ in the election, so we have to keep watching where our choices go. However, I can’t help thinking that people of the LDP is kind of a dreamer. I like the word ‘dreamer’, which is the word; ‘people accomplished their dream after breaking the wall called REALITY’, not the word; ‘sweet words just only let people comfortable’. It is important for politicians to say sweet and uplifting words towards people, ofcourse I know it. I hope his words would be not only ones dangled in front of people to vote but also ones of which people can be proud in the future.

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No one wants to be “old maid” in power games.

September 13, 2009 2 comments

After the general election held in August in Japan, the LDP(Liberal Democratic Party) seems to get lost in the forest named “Who becomes the president of the LDP?”.

During over-50-year dominance by the LDP, Yohei Kohno was the only president of the LDP who couldn’t become the Prime Minister. This time, someone who is supposed to be the president of the LDP is supposed to be the same as him.

Even me, as an amateur on politics, it’s understandable that politicians of the LDP have difficult in raising their hand under circumstances. It’s totally a headwind for them, however, someone in the party should be in charge of the president. “Ummm…it’s like an card game…an old maid…” thinking like that, I read newspapers everyday.

Ever since August 30, I’ve been thinking someone young, such as Nobuteru Ishihara should become the president of the LDP. Although it’s actually going to be tough time for him, we have one proverb like this; “The position can make you grow”. Ofcourse I think we need to warmly watch for him without negative views. I think the new president of the LDP should keep his/her position this time so that the LDP can obtain trust from voters. It needs a long term, I think.

But unfortunately, Nobuteru Ishihara stepped down from the race. “He doesn’t think it’s about time. Besides, it’s said that he’s a bit weak in his mental way. Once someone older says something tough, he easily gets down.” my father said it with laughing. “Because of his father, Shintarou Ishihara.” he added it. Ishihara Shintarou is famous for an hawkish politician. He is also a strict father. “Pay much respect for the elder made him a wimp?” thinking like that, I watched his talk about stepping down on TV. Actually, I guess he wanted to raise his hand but people around him didn’t let him do it. “Be patient. Please wait until the time has come. At least two or three years, you have to wait for it.” I guess someone must say it to him.

Today, I heard that Sadakazu Tanigaki declared his candicacy for the president of the LDP. I don’t know if he, whose appearance is bureaucratic rather than politician, will be able to go through this tough situation.

“He’s smart and intelligent, but he has no charisma.” my father said.

Ummm…If all politicians of the LDP had had their enough charisma, they would have not gotten such results this time…

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A blue rabbit died because of loneliness, one celebrity vanished because of misdeeds.

September 9, 2009 6 comments

Do you know Noriko Sakai? She was a Japanese famous pop singer and actress. The film above is her prominent song, “A blue rabbit.”

Now that she’s been arrested for alleged amphetamine possesion, and additionaly is going to be indicted for the stimulant use. Many fans in Japan of this 38-year-old celebrity are depressed with her, whereas many people hope her come back. (ofcourse it seems so hard)

Looking back to the past cases between musicians (especially rockers) and drugs, we can find a lot of cases. Because of tiredness, because of inspiration,…there are many reasons when they use drugs.

As you already know from this blog, me, also WAS a musician. Ofcourse I was just an amateur, however, we stood right in front of audience at the livehouse and got a little money. We have a deadline for making our original songs every month, so every day and night I struggled inspiring for that work. In that respect, I thought we were the same as professional musicians. (ofcourse I know I had no talent…lol)

Even if I was blue, I must make myself lively and lift myself up at the top of the world. Ofcourse I had no experience to take drugs, however, sometimes I heard some rumors that somewhere, somehow, someone took them.

Getting chances to spring good melodies and lyrics up was so hard for me, so I always had my tape recorder around myself. Once I got good melodies or lyrics, I sang or talked to my recorder. After that, I started composing my song from the tapes with my guitar listening to my voices in my tape recorder. I had one bitter memory about that deed. I got very good phrases while taking a bath, so I suddenly got out of the bath room and started recording my phrases. Ofcourse I was naked! “la la la…” I thought it took five or ten minutes, then I got back to the bath.

It was my most favorite and quality song I’ve ever made. Instead, I got a cold at that time…lol

Noriko Sakai… How come she was into the drugs? For inspirations? In order to get rid of her tiredness? I think I was happy not to take illegal drugs, but to take just medicines for my cold when I made my own songs.

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