Oliver Jia (オリバー・ジア) Profile picture
Kyoto-based researcher on Japan-DPRK relations. Social Media Editor @nknewsorg. Also tweets about games and film. RTs/translations are not endorsements. ENG/日本語
18 Nov
This is pure fantasy. Discussing politics is far from taboo in Japan.

The difference is that unlike Americans, Japanese don’t turn politics into a religion.

No one riots when they lose an election. Politics typically don’t end friendships here either.
Young people aren’t politically active in Japan because university is more or less the last chance for freedom they have before entering the workforce.

Few would want to waste the spring break of their lives being constantly obsessed over politics.
People vote and demonstrate all the time in Japan, especially when it comes to local or grassroots movements.

There’s a rich history of political activism here, but viewing it through a U.S. or Western centric lens is the wrong way to go about understanding it.
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