Karel just sent me an article he wrote for the Asahi about the recent election. I've posted it on my wiki.
Will the Next Elections Save Japanese Democracy - by Karel van Wolferen - September 12, 2005Karel van Wolferen via emailDear Joi,
The widespread -- and I mean truly widespread -- misconception that Japan has been pushed by Koizumi in a market-capitalism direction should teach us something about the function of the world's media as agents of ignorance. Like with subjects such as Iraq or Russia those who ought to know do not have a clue of what is actually going on.
Herewith my article as it appears this morning in the Asahi Shimbun.