Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Bullhorns Are Back!

by Pa Rock
Cultural Explorer

I need to learn more about Okinawan politics.  Just six or eight weeks ago there was an election that brought out candidates with bullhorns on their little cars circulating through my neighborhood.  There were also lots of small posters plastered all over the light posts.  Then an election must have occurred because all of the noise and litter suddenly went away.

But now the bullhorns are back and they blast through the tranquility of  my seaside neighborhood until late into the evening.  What's up with that?  Could it be like a primary election followed by a general election - to use the American model - or are different offices up for election at different times?

And what's with all the damned noise?  Can Okinawan votes really be influenced by who speaks the loudest?   Is that how Okinawan politicians get the most bang for the buck?  There is so much to learn about this culture!

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