So, there was Our Man yesterday in Kashiwa, Chiba, doing what every good family man does on the many national holidays Japan has, traipse around the shops following the womenfolk wondering if he shouldn't be digging a hole or hammering a nail or something, when the normal cacophony that is shopping in Japan was interrupted by an even more grating noise, yes, Our Man was privy to a mini-convoy of right wingers. Presumably they were celebrating National Foundation Day, but Our Man didn't flag them down to ask. Something about the 1940s music, black bus daubed with slogans and imperial Japanese flags said: "Not the best time to make small talk." So now, these folk would be the uyoku dantai (right wingers). According to wikipedia, there are 100,000 such folk in Japan who share three core beliefs: nationalism, hatred of communism, and hatred of the main teachers' union. Bit like Tories, then? Maybe Our Man could sign up, they probably have good darts nights. Oh, there are the other minor issues of being in bed with the yakuza, exulting the emperor and explaining away Japan's imperial past as no more than a noisy picnic that the neighbours complained about. Hmmm. You know, maybe the old LDP ain't so bad after all.