Which are governments for the people?

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Aug 6, 2011 11:32
Nosaka Akiyuki (野坂昭如), the writer of “火垂るの墓” (Grave of the Fireflies) and other works, said a dull-witted thing in today’s Nikkei. “The victims of air raids during the war were able to instantly after raids get food, and receive victim certificates that let it possible to buy tickets of trains and to draw their special rations. As far as this is concerned, the then government of the Great Empire of Japan was better than the current government.”

This, of course, includes facts, but it is nonsense to compare governments, one of which needs the people to cooperate with the execution of the war, and the other of which is the government of the people and by the people. The latter governments do not need to flatter their people.

Well, I, however, do not know which is for the people. Many highly educated people in China, as well as famous people in China like Jackie Chan, say that China without freedom is more for the people rather than that with freedom.

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