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AN OBITUARY; Be prepared for another in next 24 hours

On Tuesday, August 2, the Japan's bid for a permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council was finally pronounced dead by China's U.N. ambassador Wang Guangya and his new U.S. counterpart John Bolton.

According to a Daily Yomiuri's autopsy report written by staff writer Mr. Osamu Kawakami on August 7, there were three causes of death:

1) Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and his Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura were too optimistic in counting on support from their "closest friends" - George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice.

2) They were outmaneuvered by China especially in African and Caribbean countries where the communist nation was very active in shouldering costs entailed in the construction of parliamentary buildings and renovation of cricket fields.

3) In a last-ditch effort the Japanese government, along with its G-4 allies, tried to join forces with the wrong party, the African Union, when it dawned on it that it was unrealistic to expect votes from more than two-thirds of U.N. member countries without teaming up with a bigger group.

But some, including myself, doubt the authenticity of the coroner's report titled "Foreign Ministry made 3 big goofs in UNSC bid."

Actually there was only one goof that caused the death of the Japan's bid for U.N. "reform," i.e., there wasn't any convincing reason, whatsoever, to believe that giving Japan, as well as other three (Brazil, Germany, India), a permanent seat, with or without veto power, would bring about reform. That's why the government and the mainstream media have never bothered, or been able, to specifically explain how their reform plan would work to that end.

The professional second guesser at the Daily Yomiuri asks: "The government failed despite its best efforts, so now what?"

TokyoFreePress would suggest the Yomiuri coroner, along with Koizumi and Machimura, contemplate another bunch of subjects for "reform" while in a summer recess.

Actually Obon holiday is nearing here. In mid-August the dead, from distant ancestors to the recently-deceased, are believed to come back from the nether world to visit their living descendants.

Judging from the mass-suicide on August 6 and 9 sixty years ago just to save the 26-century-old polity, centered around the imperial institution, from being dismantled, the primary purpose of the annual home-coming of the deceased must be to pick those who should be destined to join the yaorozu-no kami and bring them along to the nether world. That's why the overall death toll rises particularly during mid-summer.

So what's the next obituary for?

According to the media reports this morning, former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori yesterday had a heated talk over the possible dissolution of the House of Representatives tete-a-tete with Koizumi, consuming as many as ten canned beer. When Mori emerged from the meeting, apparently under the influence of alcohol himself, told the outcome to the press corps, while showing an empty tin can of Thai beer which had been crushed flat presumably by Koizumi.

Mori had tried to dissuade Koizumi from dissolving the Lower House, no matter what the result of the Upper House vote on the postal reform bills scheduled for August 8. The former Prime Minister admitted he had failed.

According to Mori, who has been acting as a mentor for Koizumi, the current Prime Minister had looked like something more than a lunatic (henjin ijou). Koizumi had even said, "I will never be deterred even if I get killed [for dissolving the Lower House and possibly breaking up the LDP]."

So indications are that the next obituary will be for the postal reform. Most probably we will soon be hearing the same bunch of reporters and commentators second-guessing on the "three big goofs" involved in the Koizumi's bid for privatization and split-up of the Japan Post.

There are some more things that are destined for burial sooner or later, such as "Constitutional reform", "comprehensive resolution of abduction and nuclear issues as a precondition for normalization of diplomatic ties with North Korea", etc., etc.

Certainly these are dying. Some of them have even died although the government and the media are still reluctant to issue death certificates.

For one thing indications from the most recent round of the six-way talks in Beijing once again confirmed the "abduction case" had long been closed.

It must be much more than they can bear for the Yokotas and other families of abductees to face the reality. But it might alleviate their sorrow to know the Prime Minister has his own share of sorrow over his impossible dream about what he expected to boomerang to him from the US$ 10 billion reparation he was enthusiastic about paying to Kim Jong Il.

Now our Prime Minister is so desperate that he wants to get killed and cannot but drown his grief in canned beer with his mentor while awaiting an assassin.

Indeed nobody can stay in his right mind in this heat and humidity of August.

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