Some days ago a website created havoc in Japan. Said to be created by a 10 year old it poses several questions to Abe regarding the snap election this December. As the major part of the population in Japan does not see any reason for spending huge amounts of money in economically difficult time, this web site provided a sarcastic and humorous approach to it.
The creator of the site was soon found – he didn’t use dns privacy, so his data was easy to be found in the whois database (hint hint for the next time!), and it turned out to be a 20 year old student, heading a NGO for generating interest into politics in young Japanese, a noble endeavor in a country stricken by chronic disillusion and political negligence.
To my surprise, the opposition parties did not support, but shunned the originator, and even Abe himself doesn’t have anything better to do than answering on FaceBook (the original link, it was removed since yesterday!), insulting and criticizing the student, instead of actually answering the questions. Of course, because there are no answer, but getting and clinging to power what is what Abe wants to do, the only reason for this election.
As effect, the original page is now filled with an apology, the student stepped back from his NGO job. But others stepped up and posted the same questions, repeated here. Let us start with the Japanese version, written in very child-like Japanese (very Norbert-like?):
Now for the English:
I have a question.
I have absolutely no idea. Prime minister Abe said on TV that
“To reask and reconfirm, we dissolve the Lower House”, but
what the heck is the question?
Surely, that the number of members of the Diet is a lot, says my papa.
But in reality, the school teacher’s number is decreasing.
Professor Watanabe, will he be ok? Either way, the members of the Diet, they are important!
And then, this Abenomics-thingy, didn’t you say it should increase our country’s money? But
My pocket money does not increase!
Papa and Mama, both worry permanently about their wallet,
and we aren’t going for my favorite Yakiniku. But spending in one go billions of Yen for an election,
that is an easy thing. Hmm, whose money is that?
ne, ne, can someone explain me. Prime minister Abe, politicians, TV, newspaper guys?
Breaking a promise is fine? Wasting of money, doesn’t it make you angry?
Why do you dissolve the lower house? – obviously, that is also a secret!
Here the final “secret” probably points at the newly installed law installing Draconian measures against anyone releasing state secrets.
Yes, good questions without an answer!