Seriously, who wants to be just like everybody else?
Top panel: [sound of an internal combustion engine - Abe Shinzo, in hard hat, driving an open cab vehicle, passing a construction worker operating a jackhammer]
Inscription inside a shining sun reads, "Making our way toward the revival of Japan."
Bottom panel: [wide view of Abe in road paving vehicle, flattening a path up a mountain topped with a flag reading, "House of Councillors election"]
"Or so they say..."
Sidebar: "Headed where?" (Doko ni mukete)
From the same printing of my local dead trees news service, a poem by a reader:
美しい"Toward a Beautiful Country" (Utsukushii kuni e) made not a jot of sense when Abe-san first foisted the idea upon us back in 2006-7 (Link) -- as what was on offer was not beautiful, save for those of an atavistic aesthetic.
Nihon ni okane
Maku to iu
They say they'll sprinkle
money all over
From the looks of it, Abe's conceptualization of Beauty is still a source of sardonic amusement.
Of course, Beautiful Country Japan is not alone now. Abe 2.0 has found its disputable twin: "Japan's Beautiful Seas." (Link)
Image and senryu courtesy the Tokyo Shimbun, morning edition of 12 January 2013.