- 9 Jul 2003
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I think Japanese democracy is very unique in this sense. Probably only Japan in this planet continues its unique system.
In short, Japanese don't like "Change", while Americans, British, French, and Koreans need "Change" sometimes. Even at the Meiji revolution, power transition was accomplished with less blood, and Tokugawa regime remained. Even after WWII, Japan remained unchanged principally with some minor changes only.
From my point of view, I wonder why rest of the world like to change all the time.
i think it is human nature to not want to change, if we are comfortable.
for example, with the fall of communism in eastern Europe and the dissolution of the Soviet empire,
the US maintained military bases around the world (over 700 known/admitted according to Chalmers Johnson), and we in the US did not receive any "peace dividend". i'll leave it at that, since this thread is titled "Is Japan really a democracy?"
but perhaps Japan did change?
just not the political party.
would the people of Japan today accept a new imperial adventure?