AMPONTAN

Japan from the inside out

Ichigen Koji (19)

Posted by ampontan on Monday, June 13, 2011

一言居士
– A person who has something to say about everything.

“Too many of the politicians of past and present, particularly the all-mouth politicians of the Democratic Party, are incapable of recognizing just what experience and knowledge they have of the national government.

“That’s why, with no embarrassment, they elbow their way forward and express interest in the elections for party president. Being intelligent, clever, or capable of formulating policy are by no means enough for serving as prime minister…It requires the ability to move the bureaucratic organization, which is like a very large corporation. It also requires crisis management ability to protect the lives and the property of the people during national emergencies. It is not a post for people who do not have that experience or who have not been tested by fire…

“…In the past, the Liberal Democratic Party had an unwritten rule that to become prime minister, a person had to serve as Cabinet minister in two of the three primary posts — Finance Minister, Foreign Minister, and Minister of International Trade and Industry — and one of the three leadership positions in the party. Of course that had both advantages and disadvantages, but in a sense it was one part of the ‘education of the sovereign’.

“Am I the only one who thinks that today’s Democratic Party politicians seem to treat the national government, and even the post of prime minister, as a plaything of their personal interests?”

– Eda Kenji, secretary-general of Your Party

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