I’ve been speechless at the fiasco the DPJ(Democratic Party of Japan) and its government are creating nowadays.
Firstly, after the G-8 (or G-7?) summit meeting was over, some of the antimainstream factions of the DPJ threatened to vote for the no-confidence motion against the Kan Cabinet which the opposition parties were going to submit to the Diet. Their call gathered strength.
Secondly, facing the prospect of the no-confidence motion passing, Prime Minister Kan had a talk with the former Prime Minister Hatoyama, who himself was trying to push Kan out of the job of Prime Minister. The next morning just before the no-confidence motion vote, Prime Minister Kan told before the whole DPJ MPs that he would step down at a not-so-distant-future time.
Thirdly, after listening to Kan’s speech, many MPs of the DPJ voted against the no-confidence motion and therefore the motion failed. Almost every Japanese including me thought that the Kan cabinet would resign en masse within a month or two, that another one would be installed thereafter, that the crucial reconstruction planning related to the 3/11 earthquake, tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear crisis would be delayed during that time, and that Japanese politics is crap after all.
Fourthly, the next day, however, Kan hinted that he would like to do the job until the Fukushima nuclear power reactors are finally under control, which meant he would serve another half a year or so. His remark made many pols, ruling and opposition parties alike, stunned. Even the Asahi Shimbun Newspaper, who virtually support the DPJ over the LDP(Liberal Democratic Party), was perplexed.
Fifthly, because a lot of MPs, mass media, intellectuals, bloggers, business leaders and many more people criticised Kan, Kan’s close allies started to downplay what previously he said.
“Sigh.” This seems to be going on and on. The DPJ apparently puts their party’s interest over the interest of the country. Majority of DPJ MPs are probably thinking only of next Lower House general election, which is scheduled to be in 2013. I have to admit at the same time that Japanese politics corresponds approximately to the maturity level of Japanese people. I guess that many of the Japanese people know this. They are definitely seeing Japanese stupid pols like seeing themselves in a mirror. As a whole, you can’t have better politicians than common people deserve to have after all.
Today I barely managed an hour or so to write this entry. But, due to my work I’m afraid I can’t blog another few weeks either:(