Thursday, September 13, 2007

Today in Japanese Political Resignations: Shinzo Abe

Japablum really doesn't understand Japanese politics, and we know you don't either. All we really know for sure is that every year there is a series of increasingly boring scandals that put the nation of Japan into a deeper and deeper state of apathy and ennui that it deals with by developing new and completely unnecessary electronics. Or a new robot that can carry their live-in grandmothers down stairs or something.

Anyway, the past few months have been relatively exciting in the world of Japanese politics. Relatively. First, there was Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's foreign minister defending the use of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Yes! The hometown crowd was not pleased. And now there is the Prime Minister himself resigning over being a militaristic nationalist or something. Ex. Cite. Ment.

We haven't been this keyed-up since the ascendency of Junichiro Koizumi and his hair to the Prime Minister's gilded throne back in 2001. That man had style.

Japablum is happy to report some good news for Abe, though. Hearing of his resignation, Israeli-British psychokenesis specialist Uri Geller was quick to snatch up the erstwhile Prime Minister and offer him a job. Congratulations to Shinzo Abe, Geller's new assistant spoon-bender!

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