Opinion – Assessing Japan’s rightward shift at the top | The Japan Times – John Gelmini

A statue of Nichiren outside Honnoji temple on...

A statue of Nichiren outside Honnoji temple on Teramachi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is disturbing news because history reminds us of  past “rightward shift” in Japanese foreign and domestic policies.

Dr Alf is right when he points out that this is at odds with the view of most of the Japanese public and the question is whether the rightward drift is inspired from outside by overt American/other pressure or is the product of Abe.

Democratic values are under erosion almost everywhere because Governments want to make their job of governing easier and because those at the very top do not like the fact that many of their machinations are no longer secret because of the internet’s power to inform and enlighten.

Japan, with its martial traditions and Bushido code, is no different, and people elsewhere need to understand that the spirit of the monk Nichiren still lives in the hearts of Japanese rulers who still think they are at war in secret.

John Gelmini

Assessing Japan’s rightward shift at the top | The Japan Times

Cropped image of Prime Minister Shinzō Abe of ...

Cropped image of Prime Minister Shinzō Abe of Japan during a photo opportunity Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006, following lunch at the Sheraton Hanoi hotel during APEC 2006. White House photo by Eric Draper (press release) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The excellent article explores the history leading to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe becoming Japan‘s most ideological postwar prime minister, pushing right-wing policies on numerous fronts that trample on postwar norms.

Source: Assessing Japan’s rightward shift at the top | The Japan Times

If you read the article carefully there are two important trends. Firstly, there is the increasing power of the right in Japan. Secondly, voters seem increasingly opposed to the shift to the right of the political spectrum.

This leads to an interesting open question:

Are we seeing the beginning of an erosion of democratic values in Japan?

Thoughts?