In Tokyo I tend to stand out, but only because I’m pasty and foreign. Some people, however, have the wonderful ability of being able to stand out by simply being themselves.
This weekend sees Japan vote in its 3rd general election in the space of 5 years. A sign, one could argue, of a healthy democracy. Or at least one could if the ruling Liberal Democratic Party hadn’t held near continuous power since its foundation back in 1955. Two minor blips totalling a measly 4 years being the party’s only time out of power. And despite some seemingly early promise this time from a rejigged opposition, Sunday’s election will do nothing but boost that incredible record. The only real speculation is how large Prime Minister Abe’s new majority will be; a number that could have huge consequences for both Japan and the region in general, as a big win will give Abe a very real chance of achieving his overriding political goal — the rewriting of Japan’s pacifist constitution.
This desire for constitutional change, however, has more than a few opponents — many of whom are now increasingly willing to show their disdain in public. Generally it’s in groups or marches, but encouragingly the occasional individual is prepared to go it alone, regardless of the reception they may receive from the wider public.
A meander of sorts in the company of a One Cup.