It’s That Man Again
As if crying about the stresses of running the country like a little girl and the fact that no-body likes you before running-back to your family pile after less than a year in office with a sick note detailing your crippling diarrhea (who ever admits to that, especially in Japan) it appears that Shinzo Abe is about to make another attempt to be completely meaningless, pointless and massively out of touch in the public realm again by campaigning for the new Sosei Nippon party against foreigner voting rights this Wednesday in Shibuya
I’ve written before on this subject when I attended a rally (also in Shibuya) a few months ago. That was led by grittier, gruffer and more moronic right wingers, who actually singled me out for censure as I was taking photos. Bit scary!!!
This rally tonight, that I happened across quite by accident, was smarmier, slicker and more dangerous even, because these people are seizing on the perceived weakness of the ruling Hatoyama government to spread a nasty message that’s pretending to be patriotism. And judging by the attention Abe San got it is just possible the electorate, their chastened feeling being daily added to by the media and working on the idea that it is better the devil you know (knew) and once bitten and all that could actually vote these people into power again.
For me, as I watched him on top of that van where he sometimes watched me because the secret service men didn’t quite know what to say to me to stop me taking pictures where others had been moved on quickly, it was more telling of his character that even when he had nothing to do but stand and listen to others speaking as the rain fell, he didn’t even hold his own umbrella!
One girl did walk past though and ask her friend “Who is that man?”
Made me laugh because Shinzo Abe is best forgotten if you ask me.