Japan from the inside out

Ichigen koji (38)

Posted by ampontan on Friday, August 5, 2011

– A person who has something to say about everything

Having had the ladder pulled out from under him by Prime Minister Kan Naoto in the matter of restarting those nuclear reactors idled for normal inspection and maintenance when the Tohoku Earthquake struck, Minister of Environment, Trade, and Industry Kaieda Banri said he planned to resign soon.

During Question Time in the Diet this week, an opposition lawmaker told him, “Your failure to resign while saying that you would resign is the same (thing) Prime Minister Kan (did).”

Mr. Kaieda burst into tears at the remark.

A person who cries like that can’t be a Cabinet minister. If it were me (i.e., if he were my husband), I’d dump a man who cries like that.

– Kan Nobuko, the wife of Prime Minister Kan Naoto

The people are the ones who are crying over today’s politics.

– Watanabe Yoshimi, president of Your Party

At a news conference yesterday, Mr. Kaieda announced the replacement of three METI deputy ministers rather than his resignation.

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