Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Japan's new PM

Land of the Rising Sun - http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/Shinzo Abe worries me.

He wants to change the Japanese Constitution, which has stood for 60 years, albeit drafted by its victors, the US. "I want to write the Constitution with my own hands", he said. Question: What is wrong with the present Constitution that has enabled Japan to recover and become an economic powerhouse second only to the US?

He does not discourage revisionist historians who play down and deny the horrors and the wrongs that the Japanese caused in Asia and Southeast Asia during WWII. He wants to encourage patriotism. I wonder if Japanese are not already patriotic? So what does Abe mean by patriotism?

He is non-committal on visiting Yasukuni. He should say 'yes' or 'no'. Anything else and he remains a suspect case.

Less than one week into the job and one of his appointed Ministers has been found out as a crook. How well does he know the people around him and how much control has he got over key appointments?

Shinzo Abe worries me.

Image source: http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/

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