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!

8 comments:

Fernando said...

The smile of the future corrupt. Its sad how he is trying to get to the young people...sad sad

Blue Shoe said...

Maybe, but Ishihara is crazy if his "divine punishment" quote is any indication. I saw in the paper yesterday that he was reelected and all I could go was utilize the classic face-palm.

New Mommy said...

Oh gosh, this guy is such a joke. Have you seen his official PR slot on national TV? It gets better as it nears the end!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mR_-pgpReE

Btw I want to thank you for your blog, I love it and come here everyday :)

And I just had a halfie baby too. Baby Sunshine is so cute!

Chris said...

Ishihara never looked so appealing. That guys hair and smile looks like something outta a animation series.

God save Japan....cuz apparently no one else is gonna.

Seriously fucking creepy looking fucker right there.

BiggerInJapan said...

what's bugging me a bit though, is the fact that a city of 15 million peeps can't come up with anything better than a World War I veteran, the alternative being a young Mr Creep. Doesn't bide well for the future.

Mr. Salaryman said...

Fernando - Yep, but it seems like he failed quite miserably, not really getting any votes to talk of...

Blue Shoe - Well, to be honest, I don't think that there really was that much better alternatives out there... Pretty sad bunch of candidates...

New Mommy - Well, our little one is genetically 75% Japanese, I'm the big halfie baby ;) From the poster it actually looks like he's quite good looking, but from the video, this apparently is not the case! Love the sign language girl there, why not just add subtitles instead since it's not a live transmission...? Glad to hear you like it!

Chris - Yep, Ishihara is a complete loon, but he's our loon!

BiJ - This year's candidates were pretty poor actually, most of them seemed quite "gimmicky" and I think that Ishara won because he at least seems like he can run a city and not just make a freakshow (he can do both though!)

Sarahf said...

I was going to say he's cute. Apparently, I have really dodgy taste in men.

Martin said...

His smile reminds me of Schwartzeneggers political smile. It´s a bit creepy too.

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