Again, Japan is no longer the ‘beautiful country’

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Fukuda says Abe’s ‘beautiful country’ panel waste of money
Japan Today – Thursday, October 18, 2007 at 06:53 EDT
TOKYO —
Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda said Wednesday that a now-defunct office established to promote his predecessor Shinzo Abe’s initiative to build “a beautiful nation” had wasted money…the government reported Wednesday that the office spent a total of 49 million yen in the six months until it was scrapped….

At least the new prime minister, Yasuo Fukuda, is off to good start. The great stinko, former PM Abe, spent 49 million yen–$426,000 USD–for just two “beautiful” meetings. The only reason he wanted the entire ” program was to promote his book, Towards a Beautiful Country [美しい国へ] and to step-up forced “moral education” in the schools—dubious rightwing morals, which even the conservative daily, The Yomiuri Shinbun, found problematic.

Besides, it does not take a genius to figure out how to make Japan a more “Beautiful Country”:
white_space_is_good_for_the.gifJust ban the Japanese National Tree, the concrete utility pole.
Then attempt for the first time in Japan’s history to place underground the tangles of power and phone lines out of harm’s way in this earthquake-prone land, sheesh.

crow in flight Japanese National Tree concrete utility pole

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7 thoughts on “Again, Japan is no longer the ‘beautiful country’”

  1. Actually, Japan is a beautiful country. We have to start seeing ‘beauty’ in a variety of ways, of course. If we call ‘beauty’ how lovely our cities look and how efficient our economies ran and how wealthy some of us are – then that may be ‘beauty’ to some.

    If we classify beauty as a land where nature is managed with such expert handling that the nation still has many of its ancient forests – that is an ultimate mark of beauty.

    Japan also maintains aspects of its culture and HOW WOULD MANY OF US KNOW OF THE CONNECTION OR OUR ANCESTORS JOURNIES TO JAPAN (FROM EAST AFRICA) AND CULTURAL CONNECTIONS BETWEEN KALABAR, GHANA, TANZANIAN LANGUAGES IF JAPAN DID NOT MAINTAIN THE JAPANESE LANGUAGE? ( http://members.tripod.com/pointingbird/lostfeatherintl/id59.htm
    http://www.stewartsynopsis.com/links_to_japanese_and_african_la.htm )

    As the world’s climate becomes hotter in some areas and colder in others, many nations will need a more natural type of ecosystem where their vegetation, rivers, mountains, sea coasts and other natural geographic qualities are maintained.

    Beauty is the ability of Japan to maintain its natural beauty over centuries.

    The other type of beauty that people never forget is the way they are treated by others. That is cultural of course, just as the beauty that comes from many forms of Japanese art, paintings, songs, traditions, textiles and so on.

    Excessive industrialization has unfortunately distroyed the natural beauty of nations in Eastern Europe and parts of Asia. Yet this is an old problem that first began in the world’ first highly industrialized civilization, the NUBIAN-CUSH CIVIILZATION OF SUDAN, whose ancient of Meroe ( 1000 BC to 400 AD) made so many tools, utencils, weapons, chariot wheels and items of iron and other metals in a mass-roduction system, that large hillocks of slag and other iron wastes are found all over the ancient city — along with ancient temples and pyramids, roads and settlements.

    The industrialization of ancient Meroe also led to the distruction of the environment, the overuse of the soil and eventually the mass migration of African people from Meroe to other part of Africa.
    ( see http://www.cwo.com/~lucumi/runoko.html )

    Finally, THOSE WHO SEE JAPAN AS BEAUTIFUL both in the way of its culture and its land/nature management think it inspiring. In fact, Japanese experience in conservation can help very much in places like Sahel Africa where efforts to conserve water and stop desertfication is urgently needed.

    nubianem@webtv.net

  2. Nubianem:
    Actually, Japan is a beautiful country.

    Nope. Japan does everything possible to concrete and despoil its land as a matter of national policy.
    Ugly is just ugly.
    Tokyo's Shibuya-gawa concrete filth
    On Japan’s War on Nature…

    “Take the ideology of ‘An Archipelago of Disasters’ and marry it to ‘Total Dediction.’ Sweeten the match with dowry in form of rich proceeds to politicians and bureaucrats. Glorify it with the government-paid propaganda singing the praises of dam and road builders. The result is an assault on the landscape that verges on mania; there is an unstoppable extremism at work that is reminiscent of Japan’s military buildup before World War II. Nature, which ‘wreaks havoc’ on Japan, is the enemy, which rivers in particular seen as the ‘true ban of Japanese life,’ and all the forces of the modern state are made to focus on eradicating nature’s threats.”
    —from Alex Kerr’s Dogs and Demons: Tales from the Dark Side of Modern Japan

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