Economic Salvation for Japan: Look towards the Light.April 25, 2009 at 2:22 am | Posted in Thoughts | 17 Comments
Tags: デスノート, Christ the Redeemer, Death Note, Economics, 麻生太郎, Mt. Fuji, Statue of Liberty, Taro Aso, Yagami Light, 夜神月, 富士山
In case you didn’t know, being preoccupied, as you were, with eating pie (In its various incarnations), the material world is currently in a recession. Why bother inserting ‘material‘, you ask. Spirits don’t have credit cards, as if you didn’t know already. Unless you’re the kind of person who burns paper Lamborghinis for the dead to enjoy in the afterlife.
I’m not going to write a dissertation on the apparently cruddy state of the economy, in case you were wondering. There’s quite a few other places you can go to for your fill of depressing real world issues. No, this ‘article’, if you will, will be frivolous, lightweight, and if possible… sparkly. I’m not normally sparkly, but one can always try, no?
Well, that’s that. Like every other national leader of any other country that’s having some financial trouble (With the possible exception of Zimbabwe, which is so bloated with inflation that they’re rather immune to it), the Prime Minister of Japan, Taro Aso (麻生太郎), popularly known as Rozen Aso, came up with an economic strategy to rejuvenate Japan’s export-reliant economy.
Now he’d have to be a complete jackass to announce a ‘plan‘ with just one idea in it, but given his nickname, the press (The pop media, at least) seems to have unfairly fixated on just one part of that plan- Otaku tourism. Click ‘plan‘ several words back for the source.
Governments have a sort of addiction that they just can’t escape from- the building mania, or whatever you call it, where, thinking that the money spent is money earned, they just build, build, and build. Dubai is living it at the moment. Anyway, here’s my suggestion to PM Aso- his Otaku tourism plan needs a symbol. It has to be big. Visible. So grand that even mindless birds don’t dare defecate on it.
What am I talking about? Think. America has the Statue of Liberty, conveniently parked in front of New York city, welcoming everyone with the time to travel there by sea. Rio de Janeiro has Christ the Redeemer blessing it even as it sins from the top of a mountain. Hmm. Scroll back up to the picture at the beginning of this article, and… ah.
Where better to park such a monument than Mount Fuji, the geological symbol of Japan? And what could be better than a statue of Yagami Light (夜神 月) of Death Note, KIRA, benovelent god of the weak and abused, bringer of divine punishment to the evil and corrupt?
Standing tall and grand as he is portrayed on the cover of volume 12 of the manga, where he met a most unjust end, welcoming responsible and pure-hearted tourists, guaranteeing them sanctuary from the ravages of the outside world, guarding Japan from the scum and dirt of human society? With that, I rest my case. And no, Aso-san, a Rozen Maiden doll will not work.