Saturday, March 31, 2012

"Sakura" in Full Bloom in Kyoto at Disaster Debris Campaign Event Yesterday

"Sakura" in Japanese usually means cherry blossom trees, but these days it increasingly mean "a shill" for the government or for big corporations. Yesterday in Kyoto, it was the latter.

These turned out to be men from Junior Chamber International (JCI). The signs they are holding says "Support, by Wide-Area Disposal" (though you can't see in this particular picture):

This guy, with short hair, pinstripe suits, a big wrist watch and a "juzu" bracelet sticks out among ordinary Kyoto residents who were there with their families. His signs both say "Wide-area disposal is a big step toward recovery", neatly printed in black and red:

The person who posted the photo says this guy tried to pick a fight with a person who took a picture of him on his smartphone, in a way that a yakuza would do. Therefore, the conclusion was that he was a low-level official at the Ministry of the Environment.

I don't know about that, though it is possible. I thought he was from the waste disposal industry.

Minister Goshi Hosono shamelessly said "Look, we have supporters for the wide-area disposal here today!"

And here are people who tried to stage manage the event only to fail spectacularly, gathering after the minister departed:

For the video of the entire event, go to my previous post.

(Photos from @naasansan)


Atomfritz said...

Highly interesting insights!

This sheds a bright light on how deep the Yakuza seem to have penetrated into the Japanese state.
And if they aren't Yakuza, their mindset is probably still similar to the Yakuza one.

Maybe they will "learn" from this embarrassing situation and hire 200 instead of 20 sakura for the next event.

Anonymous said...

They sure look different compared to the "masses" of families...guys with buzz cuts, expensive watches and fancy pin striped suits. The only thing I can feel okay about--these "cherry blossom" people have families and when they see what they have done...
There is nothing worse than the guilt a parent feels looking at a sick child and knowing the cause was human error due to a nuclear event. Nothing is worse,and the years and years of guilt one feels because they might have prevented the damage...Even if they had no other way at the time. This is not just a one day event..this is for your lifetimes, lifetimes of generations of people worldwide.

Anonymous said...

Funny ( sad) tv commercials from MOFA shown around the world to prove that Japan has harmony. Guess they forget to tell Kyotoites about this!

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