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ECONOMIC CHALLENGES, GIANT LIZARDS FACING NEW JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER
July 12 2010
Tokyo, Japan – In any system the larger and more complicated things become the more challenging it becomes to manage things. In most cases, the growth in challenge does not grow in lockstep with the complexity of the system. As the structure
becomes more complicated it inspires exponential challenges requiring a more complex management structure and more sophisticated leadership. In a small setting, say a retail store, those demands are relatively small. In a large setting like a country the demands can become huge.
That is something that the new Japanese Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, is finding out first hand only am on into the job. Japan has of course never been an easy country to govern but even with the feudal years and war time rebuilding in their past the country may now be at their most desperate hour. With a shrinking population, a massive debt amounting to 200 percent of GDP, and an increasingly hostile populace that appears to be quickly losing faith in all governance, many are starting to wonder if anyone is capable of running the country anymore, particularly Kan who has already failed in the eyes of many. With many economists predicting a collapse of the country – the first time a first world nation has faced such a possibility – many fear that the problems facing may be too diverse and too powerful for any man to solve, particularly when the giant lizards eventually come calling.
“There are major problems across all spectrums of Japanese society but the biggest concern for outsiders is that no matter the promises and no matter the actions taken by the leadership the voting public seems to have little faith at all. When you lose the support of the people chaos will ensure,” said a Japanese insider. “The Prime Minister realizes this but feels at a loss to engage the people. We all know the issues facing the nation and that they will get worse as we progress and without the support of the people little can be done to solve these issues, economic, social, or otherwise.”
While many see the financial problems as the underlying source of instability more than a few in the public are concerned that a return to the old times may be imminent.
“There are many causes and many potential results of this increasing instability but for many both inside and outside the country the biggest worry is that they will see a reversion to older times. Few believe that the feudal times will return, leaving the country beset by gangs and warlords, but the more recent history is a real concern,” said Scrape TV Asian analyst Wu Yao-nu. “I sincerely doubt that we will see kamikaze airline pilots or sneak attacks on Honolulu but the possibility is there. Japan has a bloody history and nations with such pasts tend to hold onto them. The other challenge of course would be the very real possibility that some mad scientist, bereft of funds and support, would create the kinds of giant lizards that haunted the nights of many Japanese.”
Though the Godzilla movies were largely fictional, many in the country have expressed concern that it could suddenly come into the real world.
“It isn’t just lizards, its giant moths and giant robots that many people are concerned could suddenly be stalking the streets of Tokyo and other major cities. While for foreigners its and abstraction, for the people in Kobe and Yokohama and Nagoya it is a very tactile fear,” continued Wu. “The space monsters are very unlikely and should they happen that likely wouldn’t be the result of Japanese instability, but these other monsters are a very viable possibility and that is something the leadership of the country is going to have to deal with.”
Kan has reportedly banned all wildlife, reptilian and otherwise, from the area immediately surrounding government offices.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent