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Monday, February 15, 2016

Politics In Japan - Dem's Fightin' Words

I am a fan of paper - having worked as a newspaper journalist for the Toronto Star, have written a few indie comic book stories (25), collect comic books (35,000), collect sports cards (1-million), collect tobacco cards - aviation is my area of interest), and have and appreciate Japanese ukiyo-e art. I also write for a monthly industrial magazine, creating feature articles on various companies and their equipment.

Having said that, I did receive an electronic copy of a scanned newspaper article, and am now re-presenting it - all re-typed up my myself here on this electronic medium - because that's the way things are now.

But I still like the feel of paper in my hands.

Let's look at a newspaper article on Japan written back on February 17, 1892 for The Sun, of Baltimore, Maryland, USA. It's about what's going on in Japanese politics. I even have a degree in political science and am also a journalism grad and love history - so... altogether, a perfect blend.

I have added a  notation in brackets to explain the language - mostly because it seems like those old-time journalists were smarter than I am.

Thanks to the Internet, I was able to take the indecipherable "xx et armis" and learn what was blurred out in the original print copy. I am still unsure what place names were meant to be represented.

The point is - when you reading, you'll understand why I wrote that "dem's fightin' words." Ha.

A General Election In Japan.
The general electoral campaign for members of the Japanese Chamber of Representatives to succeed the body recently-dissolved is in full swing in that country, and it partakes in more than one respect of the nature of similar campaigns in other lands, though this is only the second election ever held in Japan, the first election having taken place under the constitution promulgated on February 12, 1889.
The greatest excitement prevails throughout the empire, and though the political questions involved are not particularly well understood outside the country, the electors are showing themselves capable of supporting their political views  Vi et armis (Latin = by force or by arms).
The animosity of the contending parties has reached fever beat and finds expression in views as readily as in most civilized countries. Riots are of frequent occurrence. Serious disturbances are reported from Saga, an important town on the Island of Kioo-Stoe, and from Tose, another important town on the Island of Shikoku. It is feared that the riots on these places have been accompanied by loss of life.
The House of Representatives is composed of 300 members. In the last House about 130 opposed the policy of the government and followed the constitutional liberal party, 115 were classed as independents and were not committed to any special program. 50 followed the leadership of Count O. Kuma as members of the constitutional progressive party, which appeared to have no very clearly defined views.
At the election of the last House there were 430,365 persons entitled to vie. Of this number, 27,638 did not vote and 2,823 votes were void because of irregularity.
After the first session there was a ministerial crisis, and shortly afterward the Diet dissolved.


Hunh… who hasn't had problems with irregularity after dissolving their diet?

There were a few instances above where I was unable to read the article either through ink degradation or poor print or paper quality. 

Thanks to Vinnie for passing along the newspaper article, gleaned from Readex "America's Historical Newspapers" database. Click HERE for more information!

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