12 1995 to Koizumi Nov 21

Click for video of painful singing

Click for video of painful singing

Class slides from Wed Nov 14

Key Readings:

  1. Gavan McCormack, “Koizumi’s Coup
  2. Dismantling the Japanese Model
  3. Adam Leibowitz and David McNeil, “Hammering Down the Educational Nail: Abe Revises the Fundamental Law of Education
  4. Sources, 563-73.
Click for much better singing (Imawano Kiyoshiro)

Click for much better singing (Imawano Kiyoshiro)

 

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.

Lyrics:

Official Kana (Hiragana) Rōmaji English translation
君が代は
千代に八千代に
さざれ(細)石の
いわお(巌)となりて
こけ(苔)の生すまで
きみがよは
ちよにやちよに
さざれいしの
いわおとなりて
こけのむすまで
Kimigayo wa
Chiyo ni yachiyo ni
Sazare-ishi no
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

Optional:

Murakami, Superfrog Saves Tokyo