A fascinating parallel between the United States and Japan about which Iâ€™d previously been unaware . . . Just as in America, where our particular type of federalist system is designed to give vastly disproportionate power to sparsely populated rural states (e.g., the reason Wyoming gets more federal Homeland Security dollars per capita than New York . . .), the post-war Japanese Constitution (the one WE drafted) produces a virtually identical situation in which many rural farmers have at least twice as much actual voting power as residents of Tokyo. The result: Decades of inefficient government and policies that favor traditionalists over innovators.
As the below NYT article recounts, however, one intensely dedicated lawyer isÂ wagingÂ his ownÂ samurai-worthy battleÂ to shift that balance of power. Well worth reading.
Now if only heâ€™d move to New York City!
[â€œDaredevilâ€™s Latest Test: Remaking Japanâ€™s Democracy,â€ The New York Times, 6/22/2013]