Month: February 2021


Pokemon Game Is Like Democracy

As one of the locals who moved by their own will, they showed their political intention by “voting by foot (movement)” from rural areas to urban areas, which cannot be changed by “voting by hand (election)”. I think it can be said that there is. I think that the influx of young people into urban areas is itself a voting behavior. In that sense, I feel that there is room for consideration as a system that gives suffrage in the local politics of the place of origin to people from rural areas who have moved to urban areas to support change. Tax reduction is one of the main themes of the Freedom and People’s Rights Movement because the tax is the number one pipe connecting politics and voters. What’s more, we must also note that we use our wealth ourselves rather than surrendering it to the government as a tax. But unfortunately, it is now obligatory to pay taxes, and it is a straightforward idea to discuss only how to use it, or to raise taxes because there is not enough money.

In Japan, there is something called an organization vote, and I think that many people generally recognize it as something bad, but they have a very deep understanding of democracy. In other words, we are making good use of democracy. Make good use of it, organize it, collect votes, and win the election like ‘Pokemon Fire Red cheats’. And you reflect your political will in politics. I think that understanding democracy and interest in politics are different. So in that sense, the current system may not fit the current values. So I think it’s important to change the election system. I think the reason why silent majority occurs is that the system is not suitable. The important thing is to make an effort to create a system that reflects the intentions of the silent majority people in the policy. I think it’s okay to go beyond the framework of the current system and think like, “Then, why don’t you try to create a new Diet?”

Politicians are the same as Pokemon, and if the level of voters who are trainers is low, the level of Pokemon will not rise and they will not listen. If you want to control politicians, you have to get stronger voters. I think this is an important structure of democracy. And what I want to convey most in this analogy is that, like Pokemon, “you have to grow up with love.” I think this story is the original model of democracy, but in Japan, it’s more like Yo-Kai Watch. Youkai can only be seen by those who have a watch. In other words, there are many people who cannot see it. So, youkai don’t listen to what they say once in a while. It’s more like a friend than a master-slave. Rather, youkai are better than youkai. What’s more, you play pranks on people other than the ones you can see. I think this is close to the relationship between politicians and voters in Japan. I think Japan should also be a Pokemon type.

Also, Pokemon has various attributes. It’s this. If this is all a Charmander, the game won’t work. It’s interesting because it’s diverse, and it’s interesting because there are strong and weak ones. Diversity is important in a democracy, and it is correct to fight and raise the level.


Don’t Apply Politics To Music

Music is closely related to politics. Music is used for both regime and anti-system. This is historically clear. Nevertheless, why has the relationship between music and politics become such a problem in modern Japan?

It is thought that there are special circumstances in postwar Japan. Even in Japan, people were aware of the connection between music and politics until around 1970, when there was security for 70 years. Revolutionary songs and work songs, as well as old-fashioned military and patriotic songs, were also relatively well known.

However, with the rapid progress of consumer society since then, many people have become able to lead a prosperous and stable life without thinking deeply about politics. Along with that, bringing politics into music was regarded as “dumb” and “obsolete,” and the politics of songs, pops, and anime songs disappeared.

Should the artist express a political stance?
Since the Corona shock overwhelmed the country, many “political statements” have been made, including criticisms of inadequate government measures and opposition to the revision of the Public Prosecutor’s Office bill, which was about to be passed under a state of emergency. It originated from various people. Sometimes referred to as “hashtag activism”, they include not only those who have been sending “political remarks” on the Internet for some time, but also ordinary people who call themselves “moderate” and entertainers. Involving celebrities was visualized as an online “exercise” rarely seen in recent years.

In such a situation, some discourses such as “I’m sorry you make a political statement” or more directly “Don’t make a political statement” are thrown and refuted, especially to entertainers. It has been often observed that skirmishes are occurring frequently among those who agree with what they do. On the other hand, as a reverse development of this situation, “musicians and other expressors should express their political stance,” and in turn, expressions that escape from politics from beginning to end with everyday-oriented expressions.” There are some claims that “I should be despised.”

The purpose of this article is to add a critical review to it. Naturally, as experts have already argued in various places, I contribute to the idea that “everyone, entertainer or anyone, has the same right and freedom to speak and act politically.” However, I don’t think that “everyday-oriented expressions are an escape from politics and should be despised.” Looking back, even before the recent corona storm, there was a tendency to ridicule “personal life” and the attitude of sublimating it into expression, along with words such as “careful living” and “life maintenance”. I think.

However, many of these expressions must have a critical perspective on society, which cannot be simply dismissed as an “escape from politics and society.” That is why the discourse that “expressors should express a political stance” has a sense of crisis in trying to “summary” various expressions in a transcendental manner. I would like to discuss while thinking about what the criticism of excellent expressions rooted in “personal life” and “every day” is. What is the modern dawn of “every day” and “personal” expressions in the music culture of this country? To think about it, we must, after all, consider the folk movement that emerged from the late 1960s and its development.