The Japanese media seems to be so willfully blind sometimes that it hurts (me, and probably many others – the media seems to enjoy this ignorance).
Earlier this year there was much controversy raised by the LDP and the conservative media about Ozawa strong arming that most sacred political institution of all, the Emperor, into breaking the rules established regarding visits to the emperor. One month was considered a bare minimum by the imperial household’s bureaucratic arm. Xi Jinping, China’s vice president and likely heir to the mandate of heaven was allowed to circumvent these rules due to the “treacherous” manipulations of the “Shadow Shogun” Ozawa Ichiro with no regard for anyone in the nation, not even the Emperor of Japan! Has he no shame?
This got some play in the Western Press also (who rules Japan? The Shogun, or the Emperor – psssst, the answer has always been not the Emperor! ) as the meeting was imbued with more significance due to Japan being perceived to be moving closer to China and away from the US in their foreign policy disposition (by daring to question the US on the Futenma issue). This was exacerbated by a visit to the mainland by Ozawa which almost resembled the ancient emissary expeditions that Japan sent to the Chinese emperor in the 500-800 AD period. Oh no! It is all over – because we all know Japan has traditionally been a very loyal tributary subject of the Chinese empire.
Anyway, today Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirano has come out and stated that since 2003 6 incidents have broken protocol. Hmmm, how many narratives does this undermine? If anything, it should feed into what should be a building narrative about just how corrupt the ancien regime was in hiding from the public even more damning information during its time in power – things that the DPJ are slowly letting out (lately including the issue regarding the secret pact with the US on the transportation of nuclear weapons, more information regarding requests made by Nakasone snr for the US to withhold information on the Lockheed scandal….).