Trump Triumphed - Now What?
Japan, like all other countries across the world, was stunned at the news of Donald Trump beating Hillary Clinton in a true-to-earth landslide victory in the stormy US presidential election, November 9 JST.
None except a certain noted blog writer had predicted such a turn of the event and the whole nation was rocked by yet another quake - this time an artificial organic landslide coming from beyond the otherwise pacific ocean.
ABC reported Donald Trump had triumphed in a total of 28 states and amassed 278 constituents - enough to win the hard-fought presidential election, out abusing the Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton who barely scored 218.
At 17:00 November 9, Trump appeared on the podium with his vice president-elect Michael Richard Pence and told the wildly jovial audience:
"Working together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American Dream. I've spent my entire life and business looking at the untapped potential in projects and in people all over the world. That is now what I want to do for our country."
To us this side of the ocean, the event was more a stage of abuses and slanders than a presidential election as such. Personally, I wondered how a nation could opt to elect its leader in such a barbaric manner - not that I'm any man of elegance.
Incidentally, the way he says things and phrases his thoughts reminded me of the upsurge of a peculiarly popular LDP politician by the named of Kakuei Tanaka - a legendary figure who hailed from a northern region, elected himself the leader of the ruling political party, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) , and made history by opening diplomatic ties with Communist China.
Kakuei Tanaka was an Oriental copy of Donald Trump in his own days - the magnetic ways of speech, dynamism, and inexplicable charms.
Not that Trump is doomed to walk in Tanaka's wakes, I can't help but feeling a sense of uneasiness in the way he emerged a key personality in a nation facing heaps of challenges. (Nathan Shiga)