Japan remains sceptical towards Obama.
By, Uwe Paschen.
While the United States welcomes it first President of a visible Minority, with pomp and excessive parties. Viewed as wasteful and inappropriate, considering the times we live in and the ongoing issues around the globe such as Afghanistan, Iraq and the Israel-o-Palestinian conflict as well as the Mortgage crisis and financial melt down the US have caused. This is leaving Japan perplexed and even shocked.
Japan is culturally and philosophically a society that thinks acts and lives as one entity and where individualism and egocentrism are not welcome. The Family and the Family Shrine are still at the centre of the waste majority of Japanese. Respecting the elders and doing what needs to be done for the Good of the whole of Japan is still today prevalent.
Japan has remained culturally closer to Korea and China then it will ever be to Europe and even less to North America. Almost a decade ago, Japan had a Politician that fitted the credentials of Obama, his name was, Hiromu Nonaka. A bright young Man from a Minority Cast that was considered Unclean until 1865 when Japan did abolish the cast system.
However, it is still known who is from what cast by their names and the Town they family comes from since some towns in Western Japan where burakumin towns, meaning that those where populated by the lower cast. This affects every thing, Work, Marriage and social rank. Even though it does no longer exist as a system and great efforts had been made in 1960th to reform Japan and make it a liberal and just society. The Japanese culture holds on tightly to old values of the Samurais.
Today the Prime Minister Taro Aso being him self of one of Japans oldest and most powerful families can not understand how a people would put into the highest office a Man that is to young, and from a minority group to rule over a majority. Aso was also the one that opposed Hiromu Nonaka to succeed Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori as he resigned a decade ago. Aso’s reservations even though not official nor openly proclaimed where largely supported in Japan back then and still are today. Nonaka never tried to hide the fact that he descended from the Outcast.
This may explain in part why the Japanese where not to warm on Obama being the new President, yet the wasteful party in a time of turmoil gave them proof that this man was to young and not meant to rule over a nation. Even less a nation that has so much power in this world.
The Bush era has pushed Japan closer to China and Asia again since China was a great allied for most of the last 1500 year in Japans history. Of course Political correctness and Diplomacy will prevail since Japan's Politics does master this to perfection. Why it is at times very difficult to know what is really thought and meant.
This latest act and the speeches given by Obama recently have pushed Japan even further away from the USA. Japan did take every single word apart of every speech and turned them upside down analyzing them to the finest detail, leaving Japanese only with more distrust and worries towards the US. If Obama would have been 20 years older and proved him self greatly in his career, maybe then Japan would accept him and respect him. However even 20 years older he should not have partied as he did nor be so wasteful and irresponsible in his example to be followed in hard times.
Japan did have a great respect for other US Politicians such as Colin Powel and would have liked to see them rather then Obama in the driving chair. Obama mania does only exist in the West as some did point out in Tokyo’s Radio Station. Even though the Town of Obama here in Japan is celebrating and this maybe more due to the common name the the Politics. And Saitama did produce a large number of Mask as it does for all Important political figures, hopping to sale many of the Obama masks.