A prefectural governor in western Japan has submitted his resignation on the grounds of old age. At 76, he was the second oldest governor in Japan (the oldest is the irascible governor of Tokyo, aged 78). I have to admit that when I heard the news, my first thought was “what? He’s still young.” My next thought was, “good riddance!” Japan is a country ruled by elderly men, many of whom have never worked a day in their lives at real jobs, and are totally and utterly out of touch with the people that they supposedly represent. I can’t wait until they all die off, and are replaced by the younger guard. Who knows, a few women might even get in there too.