The Economist spoke for most of the serious foreign press in welcoming the beginning of the election campaign. In an article entitled “Japan sees the light”, its anonymous journalist sounded a note of genuine excitement:
A revolution may indeed be taking place in Japan. First, the Liberal Democratic Party’s dominion is probably over. Second, and more important, the politics of Japan is changing because the people of Japan are changing … the man in the noodle bar thinks he has subordinated his own interests to those of company and government for long enough.
Or, in the words of the Peter Finch character in the film Network: “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more.”
The article did not actually appear in the run-up to last Sunday’s election, in which the Democratic Party of Japan swept the LDP from power, but in 1993.… Seguir leyendo »