"If She Bleeds, She Can't Lead" Pro-Nuclear Abe-Loyalist Elected Tokyo Governor

Tyler Durden's picture

For a few brief weeks, there was hope among the millions of Japanese that do not love Shinzo Abe as two former premiers entered the race for governor of Tokyo on a zero nuclear-power platform. Today, as The Economist notes, those hopes melted away as quickly as the snow which had blanketed Tokyo on the eve of the vote. The race was won handily by Yoichi Masuzoe - the "women are abnormal during their periods" pro-nuclear, Abe-apologist that personifies Japan’s gender gap. Perhaps Subculturist sums it up best: once again, Japan has shown us that with enough voter apathy (3rd lowest turnout on record), a compliant media, and the connections and funding of the nuclear industry, that any middle-aged asshole guy can be the leader of one of Japan’s largest city-states.

The Results and the consequences... (via The Economist),

The result’s chief significance is that it clears the way for Mr Abe to press ahead with switching on some of Japan’s idled nuclear reactors, possibly as early as this summer. The crusade by the ever-popular Mr Koizumi, just under three years on from the 2011 catastrophe at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, had unnerved his former party. In the election for the upper house of parliament in July 2013, Tokyo elected two vehemently anti-nuclear MPs, showing the strength of opposition. Yet the anti-nuclear camp remained divided for the governor’s race. A socialist lawyer, Kenji Utsunomiya, who also opposed a return to nuclear, drew away votes from Mr Hosokawa. Turnout was low, owing to the snow.

And an alternative take (via Japan Subculture Research Center),

The man who personifies Japan’s gender gap, former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe, 65, with the support of the Liberal Democrat Party, the nuclear energy industry, and the Sokka Gakkai fan club (Komeito),  today reportedly won a four-year term as governor of Tokyo. He beat out his two nearest rivals who had said Japan should phase out nuclear energy. His victory was assured with a voter turn-out rate of roughly 34% , a lapdog media that is in love with advertising money from Tokyo Electric Power Company, and preceded by Tokyo’s worst snowfall in over a decade.  (As if it were a sign of things to come…)


Shortly after polling closed at 8pm, the Japanese media, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe controlled NHK (aka A.B.E News) reported that he had won by a sizeable margin, based on exit polls, wishful thinking, and haste to go home early.


“Women are not normal when they are on their period. They are abnormal.
You can’t possibly let them make critical decisions about the country [during their periods], such as
whether or not to go to war.” – Masuzoe in the October 1989 issue of the magazine BIGMAN



With this victory,  Mr Masuzoe will be Tokyo’s “face” for the next four years–even if that face resembles that of a horse with mange. 


Because of his rabid support of nuclear power as an energy source, Mr Masuzoe’s election is expected to spur  the Liberal Democrat Party’s efforts to restart the country’s idled nuclear reactors. It will also be a boon for politically connected construction firms wishing to get a big share of the unneeded 2020 Olympics construction and plans to demolish interesting parts of the city in order to create a money draining infrastructure that will temporarily benefit cronies of Abe and the Liberal Democrat Party.




In 1989 during Japan’s  so-called “Madonna Boom” when a surprising number of women became elected officials, Masuzoe stated, This is an exceptional period in history,  that’s why even these women things are showing up…but those who have been elected are all a bunch of old middle aged hags.” Well, lucky for us Japan has come a  long way since those crazy “women-in-politics” days.


Once again, Japan has shown us that with enough voter apathy, a compliant media, and the connections and funding of the nuclear industry, that any middle-aged asshole guy can be the leader of one of Japan’s largest city-states.


How bad a leader will he be? No one can for sure but one thing is certain: there are possibly 3,067 supporters of Masuzoe who are not going to get laid tonight. One can hope. (Because if there’s anyone in Japan who we’d like to see not procreating, it’s the idiots that would vote for this charlatan in the first place.)

Perhaps, though, it is time to start paying more attention to the female gender in Japan as their labor force participation is rising notably....


The land of the rising sons (and daughters) indeed...


To add to tonight's enjoyment, Japan just posted its largest BoP current account deficit ever...


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lewietheparrot's picture

Well, I guess the Japanese have no choice except to take to the streets.

Obviously something is not quite correct because there are already so many in the streets against the nuke plants restarting.

This should be interesting as their sons go off to fight Tyler's dream war against China

Am I really awake here or merely dreaming

Humans cannot be this dumb

kaiserhoff's picture

Das Rooskie slipping ist.

Redux from John Updike becomink?

Skateboarder's picture

lewie, somewhere along the highway of life, we took the Full Retard exit.

lewietheparrot's picture

Exactly, Skateboarder!

I am working on the acceptance of what is

But it is not so easy

So few flowers among humans

Looking for flowers is a full time job

Activity enough for an oldman

Where is that Slewie-the-pi-rat?

Now that was a flower!

Skateboarder's picture

It's too bad we can't have a decently working system with "the elders" and shamans and such.

lewietheparrot's picture


That is who I work with and who I am

I am in that system and it only functions in small groups or with individuals

It is not the answer for the 99+%---just read the average comment here.

Do you think these folk would/could keep quiet long enough to listen to anything other than a 30 second mainstream message?

This is why we are where we are----and it is not so different in other places

I am in SA and I only plug in here to take the public pulse----barely discernible

My comment about the Japanese is optimistic----they are burning and HAVE to do something

Maybe staring death in the eye is our only hope for change

Being 'awake' ain't shit in this game, dude.

Thanks, Skate

Skateboarder's picture

That's good to hear lewie - that society works on accountability. As you says, it only works with a few people these days. I'm sure our disciplined ancestors would take pity at how crippled we are without the manufactured world churning every day. Further, listening is not a prized skill among the people any more. Distracted people do not listen, and distractions are plenty. They listen to sounds, yes, but they do not listen.

The whole situation is heating up in a strange way. The underlying volcano (Fuku) is still not addressed. It won't be, until the kite string pops.

lewietheparrot's picture


When I first heard about Fukushima I was sleeping. I awoke at 1:30 am or so---from a sound sleep, and turned on my laptop in a fog---still half asleep. I don't know why it seemed so urgent because I didn't know that anything had happened--I didn't know that I had heard about it while sound asleep, but I must have.

My laptop was showing the USGS earthquake map which I had left open----and I saw this huge circle that was Fukushima---and then I saw the news on something or other---Wow!!! was all I could say.

Over the next week I realized that Fukushima was THE story of the third millenium----and that no one would follow it. The second week after the event a group of eleven people arrived from California---our first refugees; more were to follow from the West Coast---they are still arriving.

I am oldman, so when you open a topic with me---I just go on and on if it is something of interest----pardon me for this, please.

I just cannot get over how big this story is for our species.

Thanks, Skateboarder


Skateboarder's picture

I don't remember exactly how I heard of Fuku going off, but I remember the media attention quickly withering. After I found ZH around '10, I noticed George Washington to be one of the only ones who was consistently updating everyone on Fuku news. From rampant thyroid cancers in the prefecture to US sailors all getting cancers from radioactive exposure, to the purported high pressure systems that kept the 3-4 storm systems that are a part of California's water cycle at bay (to keep the radiation from reactor 3 from creating mass realization), we're looking at an epic disaster that's going to be tried to be kept hush until the cancers tell the story otherwise.

Any way you look at it, the water's heating up, boiling in some places. Can't keep the lid on this shit any further. The steam's gonna slide it right off.

lewietheparrot's picture

How strange it is that this story/event was not considered a black swan and yet the experts always claimed that the probability was under the skirt of the bell----near 'zero probability'.

Nassim didn't even pick up on it-----and the ongoingproblem had never been calculated as a risk

and, yet again----not the big deal I see in this gig---I'm pretty amazed by the apathy

and I don't mean the Japanese----they are stoic, but not apathetic

almost every scientist I have spoken to dismisses the risk and I live in a scientific area

I often feel like just an alarmist when I speak wth these people

Is this what is referred to as 'denial'?

Thanks, Skate-----enough for an oldman for one night


Skateboarder's picture

lewie, it must be hard for knowledgeable men to know the impact of an event and be forced to keep it under wraps. For many, their job depends on their silence - understandable, but cowardly. It takes a great deal of denial to look at the oncoming storm and say "you don't exist." Where I live in Silicon Valley, Fuku is plainly overlooked. Did it happen at all!? Any hints of Fuku in a conversation I've had in the last three have been driven by me.

It's not denial as much as it is apathy, lewie. It's one of the primary sicknesses on this planet.

Lore's picture

The stages of this thing resemble the grieving process. Most people actively avoid anything that has the effect of reminding them of their own mortality. Being one of the few who determined to read all you can on the subject, working yourself into a stress ball in the process, and given the appalling quality of reporting on the subject, and knowing that won't change, and knowing just how awful the situation has the potential of becoming in the worst case scenario, what action can you take now beyond a few minor, inadequate and temporary protective measures for yourself and those closest to you, and continuing to go through the motions of a normal life from one day to the next, at least until you can't anymore?

lewietheparrot's picture


You are correct, of course; and this is how we maintain equilibrium during times of such stress.

There are those moments, however, when an opportunity arises to blow off some of the attendant cobwebs of this practice.

This is the main service that this blog of ZH offers me, and I do take advantage of it.

There is as much light as shadow



JLee2027's picture

And I thought only men could vote in Japan.

malikai's picture

lol.. I thought the same.

But not slewie's signature code speak.

Mister Kitty's picture

Abe's a nut-job.  I've been saying that for years.  Bitches.

Laretes's picture

Unfortunately, the Japanese are exremely obedient and are not known for taking it to the streets very much, or at all. Makes you wonder what will finally liberate them from their society's constraints. Another asshole leader won't be enough I don't think.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Even misogynist Russia man is blush at absurdity of hyperbole, but good is rhyming sound, no? Rah, rah, ziss a boom ba! If entire political ideology is fit on bumper sticker, maybe you are stupid idiot lacking of principle.

On other hand, woman boycott sex is more humor. Who is want sexual relationship with brazen feminist!?

Headbanger's picture

Only when they're sedated!

Sam Kinison ,come back!! We need you!!

aVileRat's picture

This guy and Mayor Robert Ford should hold a pork policy working group. The comedy clubs and Japanese mob contractors will be seeing green shoots into 2030.


Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Boris is read about Mayor of Toronto. Apparent is Mayor to mistake "repair fissure in city street" for "need crack fix"...?

aVileRat's picture

He's also from old-city real estate contractor money. I belive in Russia we call this "he is made" comrade

Jap equities rallying because retail is being told BOJ is going to drive right through the 80% ownership of all SamuraiBonds, and will work on even more agressive stimulus measures. As predicted, no way that 3rd arrow will ever leave the quiver. Abe will need to focus more on nationalist rhetoric & pork projects  to distract from the bad numbers & crashing exports.

This is in line with FT reports on Sunday night about the reason for voter apathy which was caused by the new Japanese national broadcaster limits on free speech, which reminded FT of the return to Imperialist Japan propaganda.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Maybe when new breach in Reactor Core at Nukushima is appear, Abe is get "Crack Fix".

kaiserhoff's picture

Boris is on a role.  Good call on Bit Coin.  There is no scarcity. 

Few Earthlings here understand first principles, or mining for copper near power plants;)

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

But there is scarcity, is call Toronto where chief executive is perpetual high on whiskey-cocaine cocktail.

NoDebt's picture

Boris, I hate to break it to you, but that reactor melted down 3 days after the tsunami hit.  Maybe even earlier.  The rest is nothing but one arm (tentacle) of the greatest experiment in thoughht control ever attempted.  So far it's working.  


Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Oh, is good then, no? All worse is now for behind us!

Lore's picture

Re: "the greatest experiment in thoughht control ever attempted.  So far it's working."

Another goddamned False Flag?  Please explain. Others have speculated, but without justification.

"There’s enough misfortune in the world without having to make stuff up." - Doug Casey

Lore's picture

I really would like to understand your skepticism. What makes you suspect a con?

I also wonder why my post above got downvoted.

ziggy59's picture

Someone should ask how many wars in human history have been started by women?

JLee2027's picture

If you swerve to avoid the woman crossing the road and have an accident, whose fault is it?

disabledvet's picture

Hard to call the Falklands a "defensive engagement."

I mean "attacking sheep herders" as causii bellum?
that's right up there with all this "if your bad for the environment then we get to declare war on you" lobby.

I like the part where the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry (Lavrov...how long does one guy get to be in charge again? he's been there for like thirty years now it seems) says to Kerry "i'm glad you finally got rid of that Nuland" and Kerry responds by saying "yeah, i promoted her."

the whole "talking points on Benghazi" was kinda interesting too.
this whole "Ukraine thingy" outta be interesting.
The Babushka's were out in full force today.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Women don't start wars. They just make men want to start them because they are driving them fucking nuts at home.

JLee2027's picture

Helen of Troy comes to mind.

Boudicca, Zenobia, Cleopatra all revolted against the Romans.

Queen Elizabeth started a few.

Thatcher of course.
rustymason's picture

Liberalism/communism/leftism accelerated rapidly immediately after women got the vote. The trifecta of disasters FDR, WWI, WWII happened shortly after women got the vote. FDR, radical feminism, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, The Patriot (sic) Act Ophrah, Obongo, and Hillary Clinton, all popular with women voters. Women are unfit to rule. They value the illusion of security over real liberty and responsibility every time, and most are unforgiving tyrants when they obtain real power.

Lore's picture

What you say resonates locally and personally.  I've dated women who are fully prepared to give their body and soul just to have someone take care of them. It's no coincidence that cults and collectivist movements like the Green Agenda target the weakest members of a community.

rwe2late's picture

 The vetted women who rise through the establishment/system are as equally 'unfit' to rule as the vetted men.

Attempts to portray the main problem as a racial/gender one are a misdirection to the wrong track.

Men who blame 'women' are as equally naive as the women who blame 'men'. Men are usually blamed because mostly men have historically been in charge.

The political propaganda of the establishment needs to be exposed as propaganda. Sometimes the propaganda promises security by a false and deceitful cooperation. More often though, the promise made has been for security by a false and deceitful militarism.  

Neither men nor women are the problem.

Denying the vote to either men or women is not the solution.

The problem is that the propaganda promises are false, and the vetted electoral choices offer no real solutions.

Lore's picture

The situation parallels alcoholism. Sheeple have to hit rock bottom. It doesn't help that the entire system was designed by psychopaths. Just when you think you've grown wise to one swindle, along comes another, and another, and another...

chump666's picture

But what if he bleeds?

"Tomyris, the sixth-century warrior-queen of the Massegetae, was a kick-ass chick who didn't go out looking for trouble, but knew how to end shit when people came around her corner of the earth trying to start shit with her.  She was tough, wise, and fierce..."

"Tomyris found Cyrus' body, beheaded it, and dunked the severed head into a bowl of blood to prove to Cyrus that she was going to give him his fill of blood.  Then, just in case there were a possibility that she hadn't desecrated his corpse enough, she scooped out his brain pan, and turned his empty skull into a wine bowl, which she kept on her dinner table for the rest of her life.  I'm told that as a centerpiece it was quite a conversation-starter."


kaiserhoff's picture

any middle-aged asshole guy can be the leader of one of Japan’s largest city-states.

Man hating is also a form of bigotry. 

If you oppose nuclear power, (I do), you need to propose an alternative.  I think burning trash, coal, wood, and industrial waste works pretty well.  What we need, worldwide, is rule by taxpayers, ie the grown-ups.

FredFlintstone's picture

There is not a lot of trash, wood or industrial waste believe it or not. It might make a little dent.

kaiserhoff's picture

America is running our of trash?  Who knew?

For god sake don't tell the Whoredashians.

PS. You must live in Mom's basement.  Clearly, you have never seen the Appalachians.  Think about it.

FredFlintstone's picture

I have one toe in the energy business and have done some research and writing on the subject. Trash burning power plants, biomass.

kaiserhoff's picture

Great.  Then we can have an adult discussion at some point.  I think the solution is local. 

Don't know if this is true, but I have read that 40% of the power produced is lost in transmission. 

Having lived in Europe, I understand that Americans don't notice the cost of power.  Given our cocksucker in chief, I hesitate to mention this, but negawatts are a real opportunity.


Lore's picture

The alternative energy sector seems thoroughly corrupt. There's a reason why local government pushes things like run-of-river and sewage treatment. They're bottomless money holes for the anointed contractor. "Carbon Offsets" are an ingenius mechanism for capital allocation between buddies.

Kobe Beef's picture

I think Japan should go geothermal. A nuclear power plant uses the nuke fuel to boil water and drive a turbine. Yeah, all that risk to boil water..doesn't seem reasonable.

Japan has how many hot springs again? Tens of thousands? Geothermal seems like a no-brainer to me.

Find a way to split the Heavy Industry Syndicates from the Regional Power Mafias, and maybe Japan can get some good ideas going. Assuming they're not all dead of leukemia in 10 years.

Tasty Sandwich's picture

The spent fuel rods are the main problem. You could shut down every nuclear reactor on the planet, and it wouldn't solve that.

Scene from "Life After People"

If the grid, or a large portion of it, ever does fail due to the sun or nuclear war or whatever, everyone on the planet is screwed.

I'd like to think there is a plan to keep diesel flowing to the generators; however, I have little faith in the planners to deal with several Fukushima type events at once considering their poor handling of one.

In such a grid down situation, I would expect supply chains of everything, including liquid fuels, to break down within a matter of weeks, if not days.