A rather sober article appeared at The Japan Times written by Jiro Yamaguchi, a professor of political science at Tokyo’s Hosei University. It has to do basically with Japan’s leadership sinking deeper into a quagmire of corruption and nepotism. In that sense, Japan is no different than any other government, so I won’t belabor that point. What is worth noting here, is that Jiro Yamaguchi seems to be taking up the slack from when prominent journalists and television media people where forced out of their positions awhile back when they started asking serious questions about Japan’s leadership under the LDP and PM Shinzo Abe. Good for Professor Jiro Yamaguchi.
This article discusses the missing ¥200 million which now looks like it was used to buy influence for votes on the Summer Olympic Games being held in Tokyo. What Professor Yamaguchi claims is that the corruption surrounding the Olympics is a “perfect picture of corruption.” I think it has to do with the leadership of Japan and their extremely proud and often arrogant attitude about Japan’s position in the world. Japan has been under the complete subjugation of the Anglo-Americans for the past 70 years. Japan is sort of like the rebellious teenage boy resentful of overzealous parental discipline and is projecting its aggressive assertiveness to leave his overly dominating parents. As the lyrics go: “I’ll be self-destructing when your corruption touches me.”
Source: The Japan Times
Japan heading toward failure
by Jiro Yamaguchi
May 31, 2016
Media reports have raised suspicions that more than ¥200 million that Japan’s bid committee for the Summer Olympic Games paid in 2013 to a consultant firm in Singapore may have been used to buy votes in Tokyo’s successful bid for the 2020 games. The scandal illustrates how Japan is bottomlessly corrupt as a state.
At the time the payment was made, the biggest obstacle for Tokyo’s bid, as the then education minister has acknowledged, was the overseas concern over the radioactive fallout from the disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The alleged payment to the consultancy in question and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s remark during the bid campaign that the Fukushima situation was “under control” can be connected as things arising in the same context of attempts to cover up the nuclear problem. The prime minister’s false claim during Tokyo’s official campaign for the 2020 games and the suspected bribery scheme behind the scenes constitute a perfect picture of corruption.
The scheming successfully brought the 2020 Olympic Games to Tokyo. But preparations for the games have met with unexpected obstacles. The design for the new National Stadium as the main venue of the event was finally adopted after a series of ugly twists and turns but the design’s extensive use of wood has left open the embarrassing question of where to place the Olympic flame. The cost of building other venues will also reportedly increase four-fold from the initial estimate to ¥300 billion.
The bid to host the global event may have been intended to galvanize the economy and cheer up popular sentiment in a country confronted with a declining population and mounting fiscal debts. But the nation is spending so much resources to prepare for the event that it can hardly afford to enjoy it.
And with the event comes the huge bills. The Tokyo Olympic project seems like a state-sponsored act of doping. Japan is beginning to lose a capability that a modern government should naturally possess — of making a plan to achieve a grand objective and steadily implementing the plan. The modern Japanese state — which boasted of excellent technology and capable organizations — is gradually treading the path toward a failed state.
The problem is not just with the government. Recent months have witnessed Japan’s leading companies embroiled in a series of scandals, ranging from the window-dressing of financial performance to the manipulation of vehicle performance data and falsification of data concerning the structural strength of condominiums.
For the past 20 or so years, corporate scandals have led to widespread use of the term “compliance” and major firms supposedly reformed their traditional ways doing business to eliminate irregular conduct. Nevertheless, recently exposed irregularities have brought such big firms as Toshiba and Mitsubishi Motors to the verge of collapse.
It is almost laughable to see Abe behave as if he were the almighty leader of a corrupt state. During a Diet deliberation he called himself “the head of the legislature” after he urged an opposition lawmaker to study the rules of the Diet. Although he later said it was only a slip of the tongue, he had made the same statement in the past.
Jiro Yamaguchi is a professor of political science at Tokyo’s Hosei University.
Read the entire article at The Japan Times
Corrupt – Depeche Mode