He was not the guy whom everyone loves. Some people enthusiastically support him and his policy, while others hate him like snakes or spiders with poison. However, he indeed was trying his best for the better nation. It’s just either his way is agreeable or not — his aspiration, in any way, was truly pure.
We are observing the death of Japanese security myth right now. No one really predicted this kind of incidents would happen here in Japan, where possession of guns is extremely difficult and there has been no assassinations of ex-Prime Ministers since 1936. Japan has been world famous for its safety and high level security; but it’s just assassinated today. It seems that Japan has lost some of its most unique characteristics compared to the world.
Japanese nation is expecting the House of Councilors elections two days after the assassination. Since one of the most prominent Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) politicians was assassinated, we are going to see massive victory of LDP. The majority of the nation would vote for LDP as a sympathy and condolences for Mr. Abe, a controversial and influential statesman. While such tendency often becomes a common phenomenon, it is never wholesome for political elections.
No shit, assassinations can never be healthy for politics, of course. Assassinations are the most definite form of challenges to the democracy; trying to suppress freedom of speech with violence clearly confronts the essence of democracy. At the same time, there are many subsidiary factors and consequences which attempt at ruin it. One of them is simplification of politics.
Shinzo Abe has been the most prime target for his political opponents not only because he was an ex-Prime Minister, but also well-known as a hawk. He was also accused of catering to his friends, who was the top of elementary school and university. Similarly, it was said that he had taken a public event into Abe’s personal hands. The private school operator, which tried to establish an elementary school was called “Moritomo,” the surname of the chairperson of the university was “Kake,” and the public event was named “Sakura wo Miru Kai.” Therefore, the media called these three suspicions together into one term: Mori-Kake-Sakura. Opposition parties harshly investigated and accused him like hell; his political opponents even stir their supporters to hatred against him. Whether he was guilty or not, that was not the right way to pursue the truth.
Such political performances seemed childish and insignificant. To tell the truth, offering some “special accommodations” to a few schools or universities does not particularly make the nation suffer a loss overall. Nepotism is not a good medicine for politics, but there are some necessary evils. The reason why the opponents sweated over criticism against him was because they wanted to inhibit him from being elected as the three-term president of the LDP — this just meant he was going to change the Constitutions of Japan certainly. It was merely political game anyway.
Making people hate Mr. Abe and LDP, opposition parties kind of succeeded to simplify the politics while it is so much complicated and difficult to understand. Some people who don’t really seize the intricate political dynamics have perceived politics which is “correct” and which is “wrong.” Nah, politics ain’t that simple. Both ruling parties and opposing parties have righteous points and vicious points. Even American comics depict agony of villains today — you have to be deliberate.
So far, we know almost nothing about this horrible and heinous violence. It’s not even clear if the crime was motivated by political reason. However, there are some specific points indeed: honestly, I’m personally sad to see the assassination of Shinzo Abe; it’s more than sad, we are at first even surprised and doubted the breaking news. Nobody really imagined this would happen here in Japan, it’s still unbelievable. He tried so many things and showed some attitudes. Respect and RIP.
Our loss is huge, but we’re gonna stay strong. We gotta stay strong.