Thursday, December 30, 2010
New Phenomenon in Japan-I
Today, it will be difficulty for anyone to find a number of young Chinese reading a proletarian novel in street of Beijing. Even within communist system, communist philosophy is not popular at all. However, it is totally different in Japan. Since 2008, a great phenomenon occurred among youth Japanese. The proletarian novel, Kani Kosen[The Crab Factory Ship], by Kobayashi Takiji who passed away more than 75 years, became one of the bestseller novels in Japan. Kani Kosen portrays a ship’s crew forced into harsh labor under a sadistic captain. Within a few months, more than 300,000 copies sold out, and one third of the readers are Japanese youth it their 20s. Kobayashi published Kani Kosen in 1929, but it was re-discovered by the 21st century Japanese youth. In addition, the membership of Japanese Communist Party (JCP) has double, more than 15,000 new members since September 2007. About 20 percent of new members are under the age of 30 (Japan Times). For more than 21 years, the Japanese Communist Party’s newspaper Akahata [Red Flag] has increased its subscribers. Ironically, when the Chinese youth in the communist system are not interested in Communism, the Japanese young people in the democratic system are crazy about Communism. Furthermore, a “manga” version of Das Kapital by Karl Marx became one of the great Christmas gifts in Japan. It sold more than 6,000 copes in the first few days in December 2008. Moreover, Kani Kosen will have TV drama in Japan by 2009. These phenomenon in Japan reflect the fact that that Japan has not had the “government of the People, by the People, for the People” at all, and the Japanese politicians, especially, LDP which are controlled Japan for more than 60 years, have done terrible job for the Japanese citizens.