Yakuza among First with Relief Supplies

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Mar 26, 2011 11:45 Japan earthquake 地震 politics
Reuters wrote about the yakuza being among the first to provide relief supplies.

I have had one thing to write for the long time after the earthquake. This is a good occasion for it.

There is one thing to keep in mind. Any government, if it is in democracy, is always slower than illegal powers, since democracy is not for efficiency. (See the note below.) We have to pay various, high costs to keep democracy. ‘Too slow’ even emergencies is one of them. However, we can freely criticize the government for slowness, just under democracy. [democracyだからこそ]

The doctrine of the separation of powers was adopted by the convention of 1787 not to promote efficiency, but to preclude the exercise of arbitrary power. The purpose was not to avoid friction but, by means of the inevitable friction incident to the distribution of the governmental powers among three departments, to save the people from autocracy.
MYERS V. UNITED STATES, 272 U. S. 52 (1926) at 293
(Whenever I read this paragraph, I find it hard to repress my tears. "涙が止まりませんわ." as Tomoyo-chan (Cardcaptor Sakura) said.)

This is the second time when I quoted this paragraph.

Rather, it should be that (western-style) liberalism is not for efficiency. The reason is that democracy is not the same as liberalism.
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