I see the polls suggesting that Japanese are ultimately not optimistic about the DPJ making any changes floating around the internet a bit, and given the history of political failures this country has endured recently then that would be fair enough. However, speaking to people about the issue and whether politics will change, I do not get the expected “It would be great if they did…..but I doubt they will” but a “It will be great if they did…….” and a pause, maybe a brief pause of hoping to dare???
With the Hatoyama love fest on the media with his extremely ambitious speech regarding reducing emissions, it does not appear to me as if the country, both rural or otherwise seems to be overcome with a strangling sense of apathy. It would not surprise me if many watching the Hatoyama speech did not feel a bit of sense of pride at seeing him deliver in pretty good pronunciation wise, if stilted English, a speech that raises expectations that will probably not be met – but signals a potential leadership role for a country responsible for only 4% of these emissions and is already a leader in efficiency. It would be interesting to see where this goes. Sometimes being unrealistic (but not stupid) about important things ends up in some pretty interesting outcomes. I see this in my job every day.
Watching TV, they chose an interesting person to represent the “critical” view, with the Sudanese representative demanding that “words be translated into action”. Notwitstanding this response is almost as hollow as the words sometimes assailed by such a response in this day and age, I did have a WTF moment. Yes the General Assembly is a 1 vote 1 country “democratic” organisation, but can I get a “hey guy from a country where genocide and mass rape is a big issue – maybe you are not the best person to demand action on a “tricky” issue” over here.