Monday, 31 August 2009
1. The Liberal Democratic Party lost, and lost big time. They never lose. Well, once in 50 years, Until now. (131 seats out of 480 as of Our Man's bedtime)
2. The Democratic Party of Japan won big time, and they never win. Well they did yesterday. (329 seats)
3. Say sayonara to massive, pointless construction projects.
4. Say konichiwa to small-time pointless payouts to We the People.
5. Japan politics has finally entered a post 1960s existence.
Beyond that, Our Man doesn't know what it all means tonight.
Footballers are fond of saying you can only beat the team you are up against, well the good folks of Greater Abiko did that. They may not be big fans of the DPJ, but they were the only team on the field worthy of support, and what a stunning first half they played!
Now for the difficult second half - running the game.
Rejoice! Kumiko Hayakawa (pictured with friends) may well have lost her race, but fear not thanks to the Buddha of proportional representation, she should be sitting pretty in parliament. And here she is again:
Secret handshake to Soma.
Sunday, 30 August 2009
241- majority to run the show
373 - A magic number - if DPJ got this, they would have two-thirds of all seats in both houses, meaning they could do what the hell they want - staying up late every night!!
Another key figure to watch:
Gratuitous shots of DPJ candidate Kumiko Hayakawa, but hey, Our Man's not here just to inform.
Saturday, 29 August 2009
Friday, 28 August 2009
5. Yoshiro Mori, 72-ish, ex-PM: "The DPJ must believe anyone is fine. That's why it put up a candidate who says nothing and only waves her hand," he said, referring to his 33-year-old rival, Mieko Tanaka. "We'd all be better off if that's all you did, you pompous prick," Our Man said.
4. Yasuo Fukuda, 72-ish, another ex-PM - this one wimpier than most, up against TV reporter Yukiko Miyake, 44. An official in his camp said, "He is truly desperate. It would be miserable for a former prime minister to be defeated by a novice candidate who is a complete stranger (to this constituency)." "Miserable? It would be fuckin' magic," Our Man said.
3. Kaoru Yosano, 72-ish, the pocket-lining new Finance Minister who replaced...
2. Shoichi "you're-my-beshhht-mate-you-arrrrre" Nakagawa, you remember, he got pissed up at a G7 press conference and wandered off and sat on a statue in the Vatican (actually, Our Man has a soft spot for him).
1. Taro "Mr Charisma" Aso, current PM, descended from a long line of tossers, blessed with the ability to simultaneously insult the electorate accidentally and intentionally.
Ahhh, Our Man can dream...
Pic of Nakagawa the Drunk lifted from here.
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Come on you Happies!
But don't take Our Man's word for it, check out this summary of the scene by Al Jazeera (lifted from here):
Sure, the current lot will be replaced with earnest pols who will turn out to be cut from the same cloth, but until then, let's enjoy the moment. Ooh, which big time tossers will lose their seats first?
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Maybe so, but then you find yourself in a Blairite mishmash - the rhetoric sounds fresh, but the song remains the same and you end up wondering a couple of months later, what was all the fuss about?
Still, Japan deserves its (brief) moment of belief that something of substance will change.
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Our Man is all choked up. His latest video has amassed more than a thousand hits. But he couldn't have done it without you. In fact, his success is really your success. For all the little folk growing up in the Abiko's all over the world, those who never stopped believing that walking backwards was their route out of the ghetto; for the children in school whose teachers told them their thinking was backwards; but most of all, for those accused of getting everything arse-about-face,
This is for you.
Anyone know where he can pick up his bag of cash from now?
Monday, 24 August 2009
Sunday, 23 August 2009
Saturday, 22 August 2009
Friday, 21 August 2009
Thursday, 20 August 2009
Well, made it back from Mount Fuji in one piece. Almost made it to the top (just before level 8) before Our Man realised if he kept going, a) his trainers wouldn't hold out much longer, b) he'd miss the bus back to his hotel c) If he missed the bus, he'd miss supper with the family back at base camp - a swanky Italian restaurant. He'd like to do a MacArthur and vow I will return, but he doesn't fancy doing battle with the waves of tourist groups going up the beaten track, all dressed in the proper gear, plus touristy Fuji Climbing Stick (¥1,200), so he probably won't return, if he can help it thank you very much.
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Monday, 17 August 2009
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Saturday, 15 August 2009
Thursday, 13 August 2009
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
Monday, 10 August 2009
Sunday, 9 August 2009
getting old, Cold Play video, U2 Hello, Hello, I remember Las Vegas, Korean movie with Japanese subtitles is hard to follow. Ice?
Saturday, 8 August 2009
Our Man has finally figured out how it all works, with the help of a cartoon dog and his hippy pals. Here goes:
The Japanese Economy is the Haunted Fairground.
The DPJ are the Disgruntled Janitor.
The LDP are the fairground operators who are in danger of losing their livelihood, if the public learns of the ghoul running around.
Cue Velma (the electorate) who will unmask the ghoul to reveal none other than the Disgruntled Janitor!
But in a further twist, Shaggy (Our Man in Abiko) bumps into the janitor and beneath that mask is the face of Taro Aso!
The moral of the story: Whoever loses the election, the Government will still win. They always get away with it too, despite us meddling kids!
Picture lifted from here, a literal-minded linguist's dream.
Friday, 7 August 2009
Hands up who has been reciting the mantra "everything is free on the Net." Well it ain't, or at least it comes at a price. What are you on about, Our Man? Lemme enlighten you, in a Noam Chomskyesque way:
Our Man subscribed happily the other day to his new favourite source of funny vids - Everything is Terrible. One of the vids they featured was the absurdly hilarious one of a clapped-out hands-on yogi farmer with a bloke in a Rastafarian cockerel outfit teaching kids yoga positions, which Our Man linked to here. Now, it looks as though not only has the yogi got no sense of humour (getting YouTube to pull the video, no doubt citing dubious copyright infringement claims, which translates as me don't like people laughing at me, me want my ball back!), but neither has YouTube, yanking all Everything is Terrible's videos from its vaults. Talk about pneumatic drills to crack a nut. But anyway, the episode should serve as a gentle reminder:
The advertiser pays the bills. YouTube wants the advertising buck. YouTube will happily side with the tossers of this world and pull the plug on anything the tossers deem not their cup of tea. How long before Our Man is blacklisted by YouTube?
Can't be long, huh readers? Hey aren't YouTube and Google bum chums? And Blogger is a Google platform. And Our Man is on Blogger... Gulp!
For the background on the YouTube blacklist see here, and checkout the comments. Dolphin drama lifted from here.
Thursday, 6 August 2009
Wednesday, 5 August 2009
Oh, and see here, from the leader of the Conservative Party, the next Prime Minister of Great Britain. Hmmm, he may be a toff, but he speaketh the truth: