三宅洋平の啓蒙的な姿勢と示唆。そして大きなメディアが伝えること、小さなメディアが伝えること、個人が伝えること Yohei Miyake’s Thought-Provoking Style And Manifesto. And What Mass-Media Reports, Small Media Reports and Individuals Report



“If the media didn’t report this gathering in Nagoya tomorrow, that’s what it is,” Yohei Miyake (34), a candidate from Greens Japan, said to the large crowd.


A word “movement” fits better than “election campaign” to Mr. Miyake’s campaign. That is probably because Mr. Miyake isn’t running the election to get votes, his speeches are extremely innovative, thought-provoking and progressive. A consistent “attitude” he clearly manifests to the crowd to face and deal with the conundrums flexibly and wisely seems to make an air hole to the dead-end situation in Japan, if not a breakthrough.


Typical politicians ask voters to vote for them, but Mr. Miyake focuses on talking about the importance of the act of pondering, making actions, having discussion without fighting, directing the situation to a better direction with a least amount of harm, and he does it with humor and fashion.


The atmosphere of his campaign has a different nuance from other similar non-violent movement in foreign countries. Mr. Miyake has a consistent attitude to respect and understand the other side without compromising his stance. He emphasizes the importance of talking thoroughly, a very basic of democracy. He doesn’t get aggressive. When he criticize something, he always indicates the flaws of the both sides, and then brings up the alternatives that could replace the existing system.


Mr. Miyake describes his vision of revolution as “a soft and smooth revolution.” It somehow makes sense that this unique idea of “revolution” came out from Japan, a country with unique culture and history, peace-addicted citizens, delicate thoughts and senses. One of the great qualities about Mr. Miyake is his wit to change around the things with negative connotation to the positive. Japanese people are said that they are “peace dementia.” But he turned that around by saying the rst of the world is “war dementia.”


At his speech and the election fest, Mr. Miyake utilizes his words and music properly, delicately, wisely and humanely to give the courage, the vision and the concrete guidelines for the actions that are easily be visualized to the people and the sub-cultures that are ignored by the Japanese society for a long time. As the election campaign proceeds, the mood started to change around him and swept away the heavy sense of “apathy” and “give-up” that was covering Japan for a long time.


Even though many people are moved by Mr. Miyake and starting to make moves, it is also a reality that the mass-media does not cover “Yohei Miyake” or “Greens Japan” or “election fest” at all. Main-stream media keeps reporting a overwhelming victory of Liberal Democratic Party with a detached tone.


However, even though the overwhelming victory of LDP is expected, the poll says that 40% of voters have not decided who to vote on both constituency and proportional-representation constituency. That is to say that the change of the situation is still possible.


For example, it is possible that the citizens react to the statement said by Ishiba party secretary general of LDP. His vision is to bring back the militarism of pre-WWII to Japan. On July 16th, Tokyo Shimbun reported that his statement about “setting a military court” when the “defense force” is good to go in the case the peace constitution is revised. He says that when the soldiers refuses to go to a war, they would be heavily punished or even get a death penalty in order to maintain the discipline of the military.


According to the poll, even though the ban of “internet election” has ended, 80% of the voters don’t use the information they get from the internet when choosing who to vote. But 40% of the voters in their 20s make use of the information from the internet. The actions by the younger generation that get the information other than mass-media might become the key in the near future.


If the younger generation wishes to eliminate nuclear power, stop TPP and “black corporations,” they would need to not only vote and follow up with the candidates they voted but also directly ask their family and friends to vote for the parties that are likely to do what they hope.






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