… which is too nasty to be a humour.
The governor of Tokyo is very well-known by his far too extreme racism, sexism, ageism, and discrimination against handicapped people. And this time, he insisted that Japan must develop her own nuke weapons. On 8 March 2011.
Next came the huge disaster that hit Tohoku area of Japan. The earthquake, the tsunami, and the nuke accident in Fukushima. On 13 March 2011. A nuke power reactor at Fukushima was heavily damaged on the same day. Pressure inside its containment vessel exceeded by the factor of more than 2x of its designed limit in the midnight, and started leaking nuke stuff. Eventually the other 2 reactors, that were running when the quake hit, were broken.
The divine governor called the disaster “divine punishment” against immorality of recent Japanese people. Even though he apologized later for his words, it was as if he might have thought that he punished the Tohoku people by his own hand.
Then, on the election race for the next Tokyo governorship, the same disaster all of a sudden turned to be a clear sign for the sacred governor that he shall assume the next governorship as a “Mandate of Heaven” (sorry that I could not find English news source). This reinforces my assumption above that the disaster was what he intended to have. “The Shock Doctrine” of a diffrent kind is this?
This is already more than enough. But, absurdly, he won the race. He had already run 12 years as governor. And another 4-year-term has come. I think Tokyo is much worse than Italia headed by Berlusconi or France by Sarkozi. Or are we living in a Kafka world?
We, Japanese people, love to regard ourselves as “sensitive” to nuke things in general, be it bombs, other weapons, aircraft carriers, any other kind of ships like Mutsu, submarines, or power plants. If the claim were really true, then it would be more or less understandable that a QI programme caused a big mess in Japan last year. The programme talked about an extraordinary Hibakusha who suffered from both Hiroshima and Nagasaki a-bombing (see comments on this youtube video for the disgusting noise). Although the purpose of the show was apparently not to make fun of the Hibakusha, BBC made an apology saying
…However, on this occasion, given the sensitivity of the subject matter for Japanese viewers, we understand why they did not feel it appropriate for inclusion in the programme.
Right. Sensitivity matters for the sensitive people, doesn’t it?
But are we really sensitive to the extent that we were bothered about this programme? Big no no, I must say. I even do not need to argue. A simple fact can make my point clear. Again last year, shortly before the mess above happened, the World Peace Summit took place in Hiroshima. I did not see any TV news programme that covered the topic. I saw few lines about the meeting on news paper. We are not interested in it at all. Absolutely none of my colleagues remember the meeting, much less its message.
What nice sensitive people we are.
Edited: on Sat Aug 13 18:59:37 JST 2011, according to my English adviser.