“Free media” my entire ass. I walked into work here in Tokyo and neither the Danish fella I work with nor his Japanese wife had heard anything about a man self-immolating in downtown Tokyo, despite it happening in the middle of the day at Shinjuku Station, possibly the busiest train station in the world. This is likely because not a single major Japanese news service covered it at all.
Prime Minister Abe’s plan to revise Article 9 of the Japanese constitution, which limits their military actions to a non-aggressive, purely defensive philosophy, is not really a new thing. In the past, both the UN and the US have requested that Japan get themselves a “real” army (apparently the highest military budget in Asia doesn’t give you a “real” army), but massive protests from the populace have killed any efforts to do so.
There also hasn’t been any mention of the massive protests currently happening in the city yet. … Read the rest