A class act

Posted: June 2, 2010 in Uncategorized

I have almost always considered the Japanese as one of the most admirable peoples of the world.  I like their healthy food, their flower arrangements, their gardens, their martial arts, their tea ceremonies, their kimonos, their Zen…

However(and this perhaps betrays my age), I don’t like their manga and anime.

In addition, some of them have to come to terms with the Second World War.

What is noteworthy, on the other hand, is a sense of shame and propriety on the part of their leaders.

Japanese PM Yukio Hatoyama

Breaking news:  Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama has said he intends to resign according to NHK reports. Hatoyama told his party executives he intended to step down over his broken campaign promise to move a U.S. Marine base off the southern island of Okinawa, the report said.

The embattled prime minister has faced growing pressure from within his own party to resign ahead of forthcoming elections in July.

His approval ratings have plummeted over the broken campaign promise, reinforcing his public image as an indecisive leader after only eight months in office.

His government came to power amid high hopes last September after his Democratic party (DPJ) soundly defeated the long-ruling conservatives in lower house elections.

But his public image has suffered amid a political funding scandal and perceived indecision, particularly on his reversal on Futenma, the marine airbase. He now says he will go along with the 2006 agreement to move the base to a northern part of the island, infuriating residents who want it off Okinawa entirely.

Okinawans protesting against Hatoyama's failure to honor campaign promise

Futenma Air Base in Okinawa

Okinawa houses more than half the 47,000 US troops in Japan, stationed under a bilateral security alliance.

Hatoyama’s three-way coalition was cut to two members over the weekend when a junior partner, the Social Democrats, withdrew after the prime minister expelled its leader Mizuho Fukushima, who rejected the Futenma decision, from the cabinet.

Hatoyama clearly wanted to protect his party’s political fortunes and decided to sacrifice his own for his party’s sake.

Contrast this Japanese class act with how a party standard bearer was not supported by his party-mates in the just concluded general elections. Contrast it with the kapit tuko of the usual suspects in our neck of the woods!

What a shame!

  1. mike magcamait says:

    I never liked how they killed dolphins and whales, but i cant hate them for that or ill be accused of ethnocentrism. =)

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