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Subject: Japan doesn't like to change.
I've long maintained that Japan, a beacon for technology adoption, can only add new things to their lives; they cannot change the old things.  Tradition in Japan dies hard, real hard, and no matter the pressure to do it, the Japanese really hate to change their ways.

I offer as proof the following:

Tiaji won't stop hunting dolphins.

Quote by Taiji Town Gov't:
“There are different food traditions within Japan and around the world,” the statement read. “It is important to respect and understand regional food cultures, which are based on traditions with long histories.”

This is a typical refrain: It's OK for us to do it, because we've been doing it a long time.  The same excuse is used for hunting whales, isn't it?  Despite the fact that there is no real market, and the meat is given away when no one will buy it, and the 'science' performed to justify the killing is, basically, laughable.

You might point to some other recent news, the decision of Japan's old Keidanren to stop political donations to political parties.  This is good news, as the business alliance has long been fiddling with politics, much as American lobbyists do, however the truth is probably less encouraging:

The Keidanren used to release "annual assessments of the policies and achievements of political parties to serve as a guideline for corporate donations", but will no longer do this.  So, companies won't be told who to donate to, nor how much.  Instead, nothing at all will change, probably.  Now:

"Political donations by businesses and groups are ‘‘social contributions’’ and so should be given on a voluntary basis, he added."

So there's no longer any suggested payments, instead they will probably make the same payment on a voluntary basis.

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