Renewable energy: Abe’s missing arrow
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Marginalia on Japanese politics and society
I'm not the man they think I am at allAndy Sharp of Bloomberg News has a bulletin out on the seeming contradiction between weekend's protests against the collective security legislation, the recent spate of truly crappy economic news and the rise in support for the Cabinet in the Nihon Keizai Shimbun's latest poll. He quotes me in the piece thusly:
Oh, no, no, no.
I'm a Rocket Man!
- Elton John & Bernie Taupin, "Rocket Man" (1972)
"Abe has weathered a hot summer, both inside and outside the Diet building," said Michael Cucek, an adjunct professor at Sophia University in Tokyo. "It seemed for Abe the news could not get any worse, and then it happened: the news did not get any worse,” he said, adding that Abe seems to be "levitating in contempt of the normal downward pull of political gravity."The crucial relationship is between the words "seems" and "to be levitating." Abe is not actually levitating. He does not have to: he is standing atop a lit multi-stage rocket.
Why don't we stop foolin' ourselves
The game is over.
No Good Times.
No Bad Times.
There's no Times at all...'cept the New York Times.
- Paul Simon, "Overs" (1968)
Abe Asks U.S. to Investigate Alleged NSA Spying on Japanese GovernmentIt is a rare instance where the United States feels a need to express its regrets to a leader of Japan. Abe, however, has received an apology of sorts (Mr. Abe now knows what it is like to hear "Regret" when what one wants to hear is "Sorry") both from U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (Link) and now from President Obama himself.
Wall Street Journal
TOKYO—Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday asked U.S. President Barack Obama to investigate alleged spying by the National Security Agency on the Japanese government and companies, Mr. Abe’s spokesman said.
Documents posted online by WikiLeaks last month suggested that conversations involving government officials, central bankers and Japanese companies had been secretly intercepted by the U.S. agency. In a phone conversation Wednesday morning Tokyo time, Mr. Obama expressed regret that the issue has caused trouble for Mr. Abe and the government, according to Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga...
MT @Paul_J_Scalise #Abe support in #context @SheilaSmithCFR @facklernyt @profLind @MichaelTCucek @smaslow_japan pic.twitter.com/DXWBwO57RA— Daniel P. Aldrich (@DanielPAldrich) July 21, 2015
MT @Paul_J_Scalise #Koizumi and #Abe comparison @facklernyt @SheilaSmithCFR @observingjapan @MichaelTCucek @Remmid pic.twitter.com/it7Jbddddx— Daniel P. Aldrich (@DanielPAldrich) July 23, 2015
I trust the prime minister 12.7%Stunning, would you not agree?
I have faith in his economic policies 14.7%
I have hopes for his foreign policies 5.6%
I have hopes for political reform 2.6%
I have hopes for tax reform 3.6%
I have hopes for administrative reform 2.1%
There is no other appropriate person 31.4%
Other reasons/Don't Know/Can't Say 1.6%
Source: Kyodo News poll of July 17-18.