Our Man reckons his latest is a pretty good likeness of Shinzo Abe, Japan’s highest up bar one, except the colours are far too warm. Back to the drawing board. Carry on.
Friday, 19 December 2014
It's nearly time to enter into the season of top 10 lists of the year when journos the world over get to re-run a year's worth of yesterday's news as insightful analysis. Our Man doesn't begrudge them their fun. Our Man has had a good year a all things considered. As shitty as the news has been for many this year, and there has been a heavy load for a good deal of folks this year, a little perspective is in order. A century ago our higher-ups embarked on a little blood-letting through Europe that they have still to remove the stains from their consciences. So?
What I'm saying is: it could be worse. But here's hoping 2015 is a lot better.
Link via agent provocateur Dan Ryan.
Sunday, 14 December 2014
Anyway, thought he'd show you the view from Abiko. Sakurada, the ruling party pol, will win. Ota, the former Ozawa gal, will come a distant second and Onozato of the Japan Communist Party, will get the wooden spoon. Sigh.
Here's a good piece by bunker favourite Richard Smart on why folks should care about the election. Here's a good piece in the Guardian about issues and such, arranged in blog- and Moses-friendly Top 10 format, but here's Our Man's take:
If predominant political trends in Europe and the US can be explained as socially left wing, financially right (well, kinda), in Japan it's largely the opposite: the LDP is socially right wing but financially left. Kinda. But that's a characterisation with as sloppy brushstrokes and inaccurate detailing as Our Man's caricatures. Viewer discretion advised.
Want proper Japan political analysis? Go to Shisaku.
Thursday, 11 December 2014
Our Man was going to post something incisive or at least just "about" the election on Sunday, but really, what needs to be said? Japan has reverted to the one-party rule that's been operating since the war and the outcome is not in any doubt. So just thought Our Man would say it with flowers, but the florists on Route 356 (opposite the ryokan that he painted the last time) was shut. Possibly symbolic, but mostly just true.
So he sketched it instead. Here it is. Carry on.