2009 September 02 Wednesday
Miyuki Hatoyama Abducted By Aliens For Venus Trip
Getting abducted by space aliens is not an obstacle to social advancement in Japan.
Miyuki Hatoyama, wife of Japan's Prime Minister-elect, Yukio Hatoyama, is a lifestyle guru, a macrobiotics enthusiast, an author of cookery books, a retired actress, a divorcee, and a fearless clothes horse for garments of her own creation, including a skirt made from Hawaiian coffee sacks. But there is more, much more. She has travelled to the planet Venus. And she was once abducted by aliens.
Now, is that cool or what?
Her husband is a real alpha who boasts going after his now wife while she was still married to her previous husband.
It was there, while working in a Japanese restaurant in San Francisco, that she met Yukio, then a graduate student at Stanford University. Miyuki was still married to her first husband. "The average man chooses his mate from among unmarried women," Mr Hatoyama boasted years later. "I chose mine from among all women."
I'm already bored by the Obamas. I thought they'd offer entertainment value even as they implemented policies I think are harmful to my interests and those of most Americans. He's humorless (in addition to being a politically correct persecutor). She's uninteresting to anyone with a brain. We need some more interesting politicians to pay attention to.
After going thru a short honeymoon Obama is unpopular. Where else to turn? The Arnold Schwarzenegger show is running down. We have a choice between this Japanese prime minister and his wife, the very entertaining Silvio Berlusconi of Italy (teen girl, hookers, other entertainment), or who? Is there a third major political figure worth paying attention to?
Sarkozy and his former model wife. He says some interesting bits from time to time but they don't get much play in the US press as they don't fit the "France is the enlightened country we should emulate" narrative.
Hatoyama's wife sounds like the typical idol, who tend to be bimbos.
I can tell you that after 6 months to a year, that Hatoyama will be equally unpopular in Japan. Everyone knows that change come slowly in Japan. The LDP lost its majority once before in 1993 and they cut a deal with the Socialist party such that the socialist candidate became PM. Nothing happened and he resigned after 11 months in 1994. It will be the same for DPJ and Hatoyama. The DPJ won big mainly on promises to reduce the power of the bureaucracies (Japan is a highly regulated country where much of the power is with the administrative bureaucracies). Of course, nothing will happen over the next few years and the LDP will creep back into power.
Some of the things DPJ wants to do do makes sense. They want to come up front honest about Japan's wartime history and patch up relations with the Asian neighbors. This is long overdue. They also want to reduce the U.S. troop presence in Japan as well, especially the 22,000 Marines based in Okinawa. This is long overdue as well. They want to get Japan out of Bush's psychotic war on terror. This is smart as well.
However, Hatoyama's rhetoric on economic policy is just plain loopy. He wants to "protect" Japanese corporations and reduce the influence of "American style globalization". This is plain silly. Japan is still the leading export economy of the world. Also, Japan's workforce is slowly decreasing, as is the population itself. This presents a golden opportunity for the deregulation and liberalization of Japan's domestic economy. See, with a declining work force, you can liberalize industries with the resulting increases in worker productivity WITHOUT creating the short-term unemployment that usually accompanies such liberalization in a growing population economy. This is also true for China as well. If anything, Hatoyama and the DPJ should push for a slow liberalization of Japan's economy timed with the retirement of much of Japan's workforce over the next 20 years.