- Gavan McCormack, “Koizumi’s Coup“
- “Dismantling the Japanese Model“
- Adam Leibowitz and David McNeil, “Hammering Down the Educational Nail: Abe Revises the Fundamental Law of Education“
- Sources, 563-73.
Lastly take a look at this punk version of the national anthem Kimi ga yo, lyrics below. Look for the anger and parody. (Think Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock). There’s also a pun on the ancient word “musu” that becomes “mousse” at 2:18. The addressee of the song is inverted from emperor to “you here in front of me, may YOUR reign last forever” at 2:54. Lastly, listen for a musical criticism of Japan’s role as US client in Cold War Asia at 3:40.
|Official||Kana (Hiragana)||Rōmaji||English translation|
Chiyo ni yachiyo ni
Iwao to narite
Koke no musu made
|May your reign
Continue for a thousand, eight thousand generations,
Until the pebbles
Grow into boulders
Lush with moss
Murakami, Superfrog Saves Tokyo