Japanese regulations restricting exhaust emissions have obviously resulted in cleaner air in the capital, but it’s arguable that they have also helped rid the roads of at least some of the city’s right-wing nationalists, as many of their venom-spouting vans may not have met the new requirements.
However, as satisfying as it is to see these harbingers of hate lying silent and subdued, with one of their ill-informed ilk — albeit of the slightly watered down variety — ensconced as master of this major metropolis,
and a Prime Minister unapologetic at best about the past,
these rotting relics are seemingly set to be perpetually replaced by more modern models.
Utterly unlike their message,
which remains rooted in reverse.