Friday, December 31, 2010
New Phenomenon in Japan–II
These days, Shii Kazuo, party chief of the Japanese Communist Party (JCP), is busy, but he is happy. Shii is one of the happiest people in Japan during this financial chaos. In 1922, the JCP was founded, but it was an illegal organization. In 1945, the JCP was legalized; however, it struggled though polarizing splits between the Soviets and Chinese Communist. The JCP has died down since 1970s. Nevertheless, the JCP is relatively popular among the youth during this financial meltdown. The JCP has increased its members about 415,000 (latest count), and its news paper Akahata [Red Flag] has reached 1.6 million readers (Japan Times). According to the JCP about 1,000 new members are joining its ranks every month (contrast to the massive exodus from ruling LDP (Liberal democratic Party), whose membership has dropped from 5 millions during its heyday to 1 million today). In addition, a video of Shii is broadcasted in YouTube, where most Japanese young people are accessing channels. Karl Marx’s Das Kapital is available in manga or comic cartoon form for the Japanese youth. Will the JCP win more seats in the next the lower house election?
After growing up and studying in China and Japan, Dr. Suganuma went to the U.S. for graduate studies, earning master’s degrees at both St. John's University (in Chinese studies) and Syracuse University (in international relations) as well as a Ph.D. (in geography) from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.