The decline of the opposition

June 6, 2006

Ever since they got trounced in last year's elections on September 11th, the main opposition party in Japan (the Democratic Party of Japan) has seem to have gone the route of the old Socialists, that is their main platform is to oppose everything that the ruling party decides to do. Which makes them easy to understand, but makes it quite disappointing when the ruling party (despite itself) is actually making headway in reforming this mess that we call Japan (I say despite itself because most of it is because of an extremely popular prime minister bulldozing reform through his own party). I was however disappointed when the DPJ decided to start protesting against CoolBiz, which is one of the my favorite programs as of late.

昨年の9月11日の選挙以来の民主党はただただ自民党のする事すべてに反対するのが楽しみらしい、これじゃ昔の社民党の再来だ。別に、自民党が昔通りにわけ分からない事ばかりやっていたらまだ理解するけど、自民党がなぜか改革をリードしている状態にいるのにただ反対する民主党をみていると悲しくなる。さらに今年の民主党は僕が大好きなクールビズに反対する事にしたらしい。 Under CoolBiz, the government proposed that all companies set their AC at 28 degrees celsius (82.4 degrees Fahrenheit) instead of the usual lower temperatures and people just wear less clothes (no jacket, no tie). 32.7% of companies actually followed through with CoolBiz and 46000 tons of CO2 (about a month’s worth of emissions from a million households) was cut from what Japan usually emits in a year. Does’t sound HUGE, but it is a start and I’m ready to see An Inconvenient Truth and get the bejesus scared out of me.

Anyway, the point is, I was disappointed in the DPJ last year when they opposed the ruling party’s postal reform bill and as a result got torched in the subsequent elections.  If they had helped support the bill, there was a good likely hood that they would have captured the public heart and been able to win an election someday.  Though. . .come to think of it, the DPJ just seems like a cheap replica of the ruling party but with more corruption, so I don’t even know which is better.  And now, in their latest futile gesture they are opposing CoolBiz, which lowers them to the level of a pouting child, can’t see myself ever voting for them again.  In Japan, unlike the US, the Republicans are in the opposition, holding the environment hostage for meager gains.

BTW, they have WarmBiz in the winter, the heat is set at 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) and people are encouraged to wear a sweater in the office.

Ever since they got trounced in last year’s elections on September 11th, the main opposition party in Japan (the Democratic Party of Japan) has seem to have gone the route of the old Socialists, that is their main platform is to oppose everything that the ruling party decides to do. Which makes them easy to understand, but makes it quite disappointing when the ruling party (despite itself) is actually making headway in reforming this mess that we call Japan (I say despite itself because most of it is because of an extremely popular prime minister bulldozing reform through his own party). I was however disappointed when the DPJ decided to start protesting against CoolBiz, which is one of the my favorite programs as of late.

Under CoolBiz, the government proposed that all companies set their AC at 28 degrees celsius (82.4 degrees Fahrenheit) instead of the usual lower temperatures and people just wear less clothes (no jacket, no tie). 32.7% of companies actually followed through with CoolBiz and 46000 tons of CO2 (about a month’s worth of emissions from a million households) was cut from what Japan usually emits in a year. Does’t sound HUGE, but it is a start and I’m ready to see An Inconvenient Truth and get the bejesus scared out of me.

Anyway, the point is, I was disappointed in the DPJ last year when they opposed the ruling party’s postal reform bill and as a result got torched in the subsequent elections. If they had helped support the bill, there was a good likely hood that they would have captured the public heart and been able to win an election someday. Though. . .come to think of it, the DPJ just seems like a cheap replica of the ruling party but with more corruption, so I don’t even know which is better. And now, in their latest futile gesture they are opposing CoolBiz, which lowers them to the level of a pouting child, can’t see myself ever voting for them again. In Japan, unlike the US, the Republicans are in the opposition, holding the environment hostage for meager gains.

BTW, they have WarmBiz in the winter, the heat is set at 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) and people are encouraged to wear a sweater in the office.

日本国民の認知度が95.8%のクールビズ、僕は本当に大好きだ。エアコンの温度を普段より高く設定して服を普段より少なく着よう。分かりやすいし、直接電気の無駄遣いを少なくしているはず。冬のウォームビズも好きだ、僕は家で震えながらでいても、幸せが体中にあった。

でクールビズの効果は:

昨年、皆様の御協力により、冷房設定温度を例年より高くしたことによる二酸化炭素削減量は、推計で約46万トンとなりました。これは、約100万世帯の1ヶ月分のCO2排出量に相当します。

これは全国の32.7%の事業所が参加した結果だから、すべての会社、教育機関、家などでやっていけば、さらに効果は大きいはず。昔の人はエアコンなんて無かった(今の夏は昔より暑いけど)!!!ゴア元副大統領のAn Inconvenient Truthも近日日本で公開される(はず)。絶対に見に行きたい、友達全員つれて見に行きたい. . .コンピュータを常に使っている僕の電気の使い方も考えないと。

で、とにかく、民主党には失望した、又吉さんに票を入れる事無いけどね。こっちの方が分かりやすいかな?

追記:Wikipediaの又吉イエスの説明を読んだが、歩き煙草に反対しているらしい、最近は今までで最高なぐらい周りで煙草を吸う人を嫌いになってきた自分だが、ちょっと心が惹かれた。そこだけね、本当にそこだけ。

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