Thursday, August 12, 2010

Ever Wonder What Happened to Akira Nagatsuma?

I thought so. Unless you can read Japanese, you won’t have heard anything of the LeBron James of the pre-Hatoyama administration DPJ who is looking more like a Captain Queeg version of Gerald Green (oxymoron?)—until the case of the missing centenarians. There’s more than good reason for Nagatsuma being pushed out of the Kan administration after the September battle for the DPJ leadership (which Prime Minister Kan is increasingly likely to survive), but I’d rather talk about the way the media misinterpreted the case of the missing centenarians when it portrayed it as a sad example of the deterioration of Japanese communities and (extended) families. (It’s in the same vein as the “criminality” of the US military in Japan.) If anyone wants to hear, let me know, and I’ll do my best to pick it up later in the week.

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