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03 April 2011


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I don't think Japan's woes can be so casually denifed as a failure of leftism. The current government is locally considered right of center and was recently re-elected with a mandate to privatize the post office (a huge deal, it's also their biggest bank). Their economic and legal system could be more accurately described as fascistic - crony capitalism intertwined with a massive bureaucratic nanny state. Is this their fault? Only partly. It's the system the Americans built for them after WW2, back when the New Deal still looked sexy.Their social problems really come from a pressure cooker society. There's no let-up, even in school, and their etiquette puts a lot of emphasis on keeping feelings bottled inside. As a result, the whole darn lot of them are half way to "going postal".

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