Japan does not consider climate change to be much of a social issue. Even after the three weather-linked catastrophes which took place recently, there isn’t much talk, in the political spectrum, about how climate change added to them. Left-leaning crowds in the U.S. and Europe ask for prompt action to lessen the impacts of climate change, which according to them is a consequence of the human activity. On the other hand, right-leaning individuals not only refuse to acknowledge human impact, but they also question the legitimacy of climate change.
Kohei Saito, associate professor at the Osaka City University took part in a discussion reported on the 23rd of October on the Aera Dot website. She stated how a reason Japan has yet to acknowledge the persisting issue of climate change is that the average individual in Japan has not been affected by it yet, in spite of weather-linked catastrophes increasing in number and intensity both.
The Green New Deal has only recently started gathering momentum in Japan, all thanks to the head and founder of less than a year old Reiwa Shinsengumi, Taro Yamamoto. The Green New Deal is the left-wing populism’s signature proposal. Kohei Saito stated how the complex problems in Japan come under the domain of the elites, who deal with them from the top and make their way downwards.
On the other hand, developing countries are dealing with climate change from the bottom up. This is seen in how grassroots establishments are looking for effective solutions.
Populism works in a similar way. Right-wing populism is linked with charming leaders who work my taking advantage of the general public’s dissatisfactions. On the other hand, left-wing populism deals with the progress of social movements and looking for a leader who helps them get to their goals. Hence, with right-wing populism, the movement tends to die once the leader exits, at least until replaced by another one.
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