Taggart Murphy, NY Times:”TOKYO — THE Japanese have a term for hopelessness — shikata ga nai, “it can’t be helped.”

Taggart Murphy, NY Times:”TOKYO — THE Japanese have a term for hopelessness — shikata ga nai, “it can’t be helped.” Acceptance of things as they are is deeply embedded in the culture. It also explains why voters are so listless, and even despairing, in the run-up to the national election on Sunday.”
“Mr. Abe’s real objectives go beyond reviving the economy. He has moved to stack the leadership of NHK, the state broadcaster, with nationalist supporters. In flagrant violation of the pacifist Constitution, his cabinet decreed that Japan’s military would participate in “collective defense measures” overseas. His government is intent on rewriting the nation’s history of wartime atrocities.”

Sadly for the country, the Liberal Democrats are expected to hold on in Sunday’s national election.
nytimes.com|By R. Taggart Murphy

http://nyti.ms/1zHS4p6

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