The Sounds Of Japan's Silence

Rightists use sound trucks to keep WWII's memories alive. Banning them allows Japan to avoid its past

I just about gagged on my coffee when I read newspaper accounts a while back of a political-reform bill moving through the Japanese Diet. Generally, the legislation seemed full of noble ideas about cleaning up Japan's money politics. Noble, but let's face it, a tad boring. Then I hit the real news: The legislation would ban the use of sound trucks during election campaigns.

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