Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Taro Aso Takes Over
On September 24, 2008, Taro Aso became 59th Prime Minister of Japan, replacing Yasuo Fukuda. During his term, the press gave him a nickname – Manga Brain, due to his life long love of comic books. Japanese comic book characters often act silly and ridiculous. Of course, Japanese politicians also like to act silly and ridiculous, and when it comes to that sort of behavior, no one could outdo Taro Aso. If Japan wanted a politician who could humiliate himself in public and thus avoid having the political capital to do the things that America wanted, it could find no better candidate than Taro Aso. With his life long commitment to reading comic books, you could say that Taro Aso had been studying all his life for his upcoming role. He did not disappoint.