Tuesday, 4 August 2009
Hippies to the Elections
I first heard of it yesterday when I was on my way back from my grocery shopping. They had a van running around in the neighbourhood. The loudspeaker played the same message ad nauseum, breaking the ennui of a lazy summer afternoon. But when your brain has gotten used to the yaki-imo vans and the recycling trucks, it doesn't take any effort to ignore loudspeaker vans of other sorts.
The candidate running for the general elections waved at the passerby's, "Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!"
Not that I'll get to vote this August 30. But so as not to appear rude, I smiled and nodded at her. That's when I caught a glimpse at the name - Happiness Realization Party.
From what I know, whatever organization - political or non-political - that promises "happiness" is fishy. However when I thought the name sounded cultish, little did I know I wasn't far from right, until I saw the news article about the party this afternoon.
Obviously, Happiness Realization Party's leader, "Master" Okawa is a poor deluded soul. He claimed to have been warned by Kim Jong Il's guardian spirit about North Korea's plan to nuke Japan. And among other things, he's also a seer, who communed with Muhammad, Christ, Buddha, Confucius and Mozart for political advices.
And oh, one more, one more! "Master" Okawa also believes his wife is the reincarnation of Aphrodite. But, nah, that's nothing new. I call my girlfriend a Greek goddess too.
Come to think of it, the Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) coalition partner, New Komeito, is also backed by a religious organization, namely Soka Gakkai - a controversial Buddhist sect. (They're also the ones who built the black pyramid next to Tokyo Tower.)
The party pledges to bring in more foreigners, which will be a welcomed change to Japan's strict immigration policies. But if you look at the rest of the party's manifesto, it sounds just too scary. The amendment of the Ninth Constitution and the strengthening of the Japanese army? Incorporating religion into all aspects of life? And heck, it even went as far as proclaiming itself as being a "political party based on religion".
And just in case you're wondering, they call their religion Happy Science. Sounds gay. Almost too hippie.
Right. After manga otaku Prime Minister, Aso Taro, all Japan needs is a deluded hippie. What's coming of the nation?
I wouldn't bat an eyelid if Osama runs for the elections.
Five feet seven inches tall. A member of a carbon-based bipedal life form descended from an ape.
He believes the cosmos has grand plans for him but whatever his calling is, it has not yet been revealed to him. So in the meantime, he spends the day working as a software developer, and whatever free time that is left, reading books. He attempted reading the bible a couple of times but could not as much as finish the first chapter of Genesis. He will continue again, one day.
He loves his camera as much as he loves his books. He picked up photography when he was studying in Japan. But now that he has started working, he can no longer spend as much time for photography as he used to. He is making a small amount of side income from his hobby and hopes to spend more time shooting again.
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