For the most part I really don’t care about politics, including Japanese politics. But it looks like Japan’s first ever alien Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama, is resigning from his post, so I will show some interest momentarily and write a blog post that really isn’t about politics at all. But yeah Hatoyama is resigning over the Futenma “fiasco” that doesn’t really seem to be the disaster that all the media seems to be making it out to be. Except for maybe a group of 100 old people down in Okinawa who seem to be protesting every (rare) time I turn on Japanese news.
Because of his “failure” to fulfill his promise and move the US military base out of Okinawa, Hatoyama is doing the “responsible” thing and resigning. You have to say those things in quotes with the Dr. Evil voice and gestures because otherwise it might sound like you believe this BS. Rather than actually taking responsibility for what really isn’t a huge failure, Hatoyama’s decided to throw in the towel after 8 months in office, which unfortunately has been around the standard tenure for a prime minister in post-Koizumi Japan. This is the same Japanese mentality behind the big public apology press conferences and subsequent resignations from CEOs and other company leaders when they don’t actually want to deal with a problem. But I’m not going to go much into that here.
No, instead here is a stupid list of things. Yes, Japan has had 4 prime ministers quit in less than 4 years which is pretty sad when you consider that in that time…
- I’ve had fewer cell phones
- I’ve lived in fewer apartments
- Fewer Harry Potter movies have been released
- There have been fewer generations of the iPhone released
- All of the current-gen video game consoles came out
- McDonald’s Japan’s Mega fad came and went
- 4 Kamen Rider series have ended (Hey! Same number!)
So prime ministers here are rotating about as often as the childrens superhero programs. Interesting. So much for political stability. I think I’m more surprised that he convinced big boss Ozawa to resign too.