Languages and Cultures, Imperialism, Western China Scholarship, Chinese Western Comparative Studies, Linguistics, the Rise of Eastern Terminologies, Political and Social Theory, and World History.
Friday, July 8, 2016
The Perils of Democracy
TOKYO – It’s a dull summer month in Nihongo, and 50,000 locals march against the US occupation of Okinawa and a recent rape-murder of a Japanese woman by a US military contractor.
The Japanese protest against the US soldiers in Okinawa since I can remember, 1995. Only if we are willing to see democracy as a form of opiate of the defeated [Japan lost World War 2] do we start to see its peril: Nothing in Okinawa is going to change for Japan in a democracy. Ever! Nothing is achieved by democratic protest.