We have an old saying here in Japan. That is, “As time passes, things always change”.
When young people grow old, they become worn-out. Oops! No, not always. But, some people, especially bad-natured ones, are like that. To illustrate one such case, I would like you to go to the blog “Awaken now, Mr. Sheep and Ms. Rats!”. There you will find a pair of photos, which shows a man in his 20s and then in the present. Please compare them and see what I mean.
(It may be usual to have many prime ministers for a short period, as we do here in Japan. It could be possible to call this tendency a new ideology that is ahead of its time?!)
Do you know who the man in the photos is?
Please don’t be surprised, but he is our new Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko!
As can be clearly observed, he was young and looked very trusting and innocent in his early 20s. He would be much more honest and ambitious now, if he had remained as he was. But, nature did not work that way. Please look at him now. Doesn’t he look very tired and extremely untrustworthy?
The intention of the photographer, who caricatured Mr. Noda as a badger, is that our Prime Minister is very dishonest and feels nothing when he deceives us. In Japan, the badger has the symbolic implication that it loves to cheat on people. That is the very nature that a badger and Mr. Noda share, that this photo demonstrates.
If you also feel that way, you are completely on the right track, because I also feel that that is unfortunately but precisely how he is now. This is because, as the news below reports, our new Prime Minister Mr. Noda is now being accused of receiving illegal donations from the Koreans.
(Prime Minister Mr. Noda had received donations from foreigners.)
Here in Japan, we have a regulation called the Political Funds Control Law that prohibits donations from foreign individuals and companies. Because accepting donations from foreigners can have a great impact and influence on our domestic politics, it is strictly forbidden to receive any funds from them.
In fact, only this March, a similar scandal involving donations from Korean residents involved his predecessor, Mr. Kan Naoto, and former Foreign Minister Maehara Seiji. After Mr. Maehara was severely reprimanded at the Diet, he resigned immediately, as many speculated that he had many more cases of illegal donations. It appeared that he preferred to prevent other cases of illegal donations from being disclosed rather than to remain as Japan’s Foreign Minister. As I have said earlier, because he is one of our Japanese parasites, I know that his illegal fund collections are only the tip of the iceberg. So, his urgent decision to resign may have been very cunning and effective in cheating the public.