Saturday, 27 April 2013
ABE'S GOKIBURI HOI-HOI
If I were a newspaper editorial page cartoonist, I'd have the Prime Minister of Japan, Herr Abe, Jackbooting around with a little ¥100 plastic trumpet (made in China), but maybe make him very small, possibly a cockroach in a helmet, and his audience could be maybe a bunch of smaller cockroaches, say on the floor of a restaurant. Towering above him could be someone recognisably Chinese like a noodle chef with a big wok that he's about to crush on Abe's head, with maybe an American customer, say a fat bloke with a cowboy hat just to make that clear, with a basket full of roach traps for sale. The cockroaches could be labelled "Japanese voters" and the slightly racially insulting stereotypical Chinaman would be labeled "China" (because editorial cartoons are too suffisticated without labels) and Abe could be handing over wheelbarrows of freshly minted cash to the American cowboy for the roachtraps which Abe is laying all around the shop.
But fortunately I'm not.
Instead, here are a few links.
Abe showing his true nationalist colours
Will the international community just watch Japan's Nazification?
And then there's this Skewed History of Asia from 10 years ago in the Nation by Tim Shorrock
Oh yeah, and Japan refused to sign a declaration against the use of nuke weapons and all that Yasukuni shrine-visiting nonsense, for which I've lost the links.
Ho hum. It's almost like Abe wants to scrap the Japanese pacifist constitution and go nuclear. Nothing like an arms race to stimulate the economy, eh readers? That's Hooked On Abenomics.
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