Expensive media-savvy campaigns allow them to influence public opinion directly. Organizations working on campaigns against cetacean hunting are often far smaller, with one or two full-time staffers, or just a few volunteers. Why the disparity in scale and influence? Japanese statism achieved its complete form in the post era. This statism traditionally admitted limited space for civil society groups, as political scientists like Keiko Hirata and Robert Pekannen have explained; they are ideally small, localized and cooperative with government.
After the Kobe earthquake, however, there was an upsurge in public support for volunteerism, just when faith in bureaucratic competence was also falling.
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Public pressure led to passage of an NPO law in that substantially lowered the financial requirements for NPO registration, established wide criteria for organizations to register under and streamlined their bureaucratic supervision. Since the March 11, , Tohoku disasters, registered volunteer NPOs have really come into their own including one that this author co-directs.
However, activist organizations still face statist prejudices and bureaucratic bias, especially when they are involved with push-button nationalist issues such as whaling and dolphin hunting — as Greenpeace Japan found, to its cost. Many such organizations avoid NPO registration, in spite of the fund-raising status, enhanced prestige and sometimes tax deductibility it confers. Other activists said that registration was too much trouble, or that Japanese groups campaigning against cetacean hunts are often too small and divided by factional rivalry to qualify for NPO registration anyway.
Skeptical readers might think that there is nothing wrong with this state of affairs. Large, cashed-up advocacy NPOs can have a distorting influence on government policy out of all proportion to their membership bases. It's not cheap nothing in Tokyo is but, based on the crowd, and our experiences over our 10 days there, there is a cultural element that makes it absolutely valuable to visit - particularly when traveling with a tween.
We left our hotel in Ueno at 7. We arrived at about 8am to a "sea" of people queuing to get in. We eventually got into the park itself at about 9am.
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We'd timed our visit so our daughter who teaches English at Japanese schools could look after us. It was therefore holiday time, and so the park was at bursting point. They closed the park for entry at about 10am, but they should have done so even earlier as the queues were getting silly. For example there was a 60 minute queue for Small, Small World and it was also about 60 minutes to queue for the Fast Pass tickets for Splash Mountain. There were 30 minute queues for popcorn! As other's have reported some rides were queuing for over minutes. The park itself was lovely but we'd only managed to get on 3 of the "bigger" rides by noon - the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Jungle Cruise.
We then stopped for lunch at the Hungry Bear Restaurant and had some very nice curries. After lunch we switched to the "smaller" events and the queues were much smaller - we did "the Enchanted Tiki Room", the "Country Bear Theatre", the" Mark Twain riverboat", and the show at "Showbase". After this I'd felt much happier to be doing things rather than just standing in queues. It did seem that there was a lot of queue jumping taking place, with one person joining the queue for a group and the rest of the family joining them later.
I was told that this is the norm in Tokyo Disneyland as the queues are quite often bad and people drop out of the queues to go to rest rooms or get drinks and return, but I think quite a few were being a bit "naughty". By 5pm we'd had enough and escaped back to our hotel. Overall it was a lovely park; but an average day as it was spoilt for me by how busy it was - the next day we went to DisneySea which was much, much better!
Disneyland is truly the place where dreams are made of but when its got too many people in it its hard to stay happy. Two children, three adults and 3 hours to wait for a five minute ride does not make for a happy holiday. We should of used the fast pass system. Still nothing in the world compares to standing in front of cindy's castle is amazing.
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