Monday, April 11, 2011
...better the devil you know...
Take a good long look at the picture here. This is an actual poster of a candidate in the election for the Governor of Tokyo...
Ok, now we got the old bigot of a geezer Ishihara reelected for another term, he's a horrible old man that let slip some really old school racist and plain insane stuff from time to time that would make former PM Mori very proud, but Ishiara seems to be forgiven quickly because he's an old guy.
As I'm 1) a foreigner with no right to vote and 2) even if I had the right to vote, I'm not registered in Metropolitan Tokyo anway I can claim complete innocene in having Ishihara reelected. Try google for "Ishara Shintaro" and quotes or just check out the English (or even better, Japanese if you can read it) Wikipedia page here to see some of the amusing things that he has thrown out in the past. I guess that in times of crisis like this, people want the 'ol familiar reliable guy.
Then, just on my way home today from the office, I saw this great poster in the picture. In almost as big letters as his name, and even more visible is his convoluted facebook page address. That smile, that haircut, those Obama poster-ish colors and the facebook page address just reeks of complete douchebag. I'm not sure even if he's smiling or baring his teeth.
As much as I despise Ishihara, at least he's an old guy who's just too old to change his mind and some of his stuff is quite comic in it's outrageousness, but I'd rather take him for ten more terms than someone who makes a poster like this and think it's great. Sorry Yuujiro Taniyama, better luck next time!