On a hot Friday evening in Osaka, Japan, the street musician Jun Fukuda is channelling Bob Marley on a downtown bridge. Not the feel-good, party-hearty Marley, but the mortality-questioning ballad Redemption Song.
As the 20-year-old belts out the lyrics “emancipate yourself from mental slavery”, he scans the 20 or so Japanese hipsters gathered around to be sure they are getting the point.
“There is no future in Japan for people like me,” Fukuda tells me, as a few of his buddies nod in agreement. “Our leaders are useless, our economy is bad, there’s nuclear stuff in my food. There is nothing out there for my generation.”
Read the rest of the story: Japan needs to emancipate itself from generations of ideological stagnation.