Saturday, January 16, 2010

Will Miss #109 - preoccupation with U.S. politics

There was not one decoration at the festival depicting a Japanese politician, but there was a familiar American face.

Being obsessed with American politics isn't a strange thing as long as you are an American. After all, what your leaders do should be of concern to you. It is more than a little strange to see people in Japan being more interested in America's leaders than their own, and to often know more and think more about the problems in the U.S. than in Japan.

I'll miss seeing this curious greater interest in another country's president than one's own prime minister reflected in the words and actions of people in Japan.