Japan from the inside out

Ichigen koji (48)

Posted by ampontan on Tuesday, August 23, 2011

– A person who has something to say about everything

The leadership of both the Democratic Party and the Liberal Democratic Party is showing signs of a real intent to raise taxes. Even if they raise taxes, tax revenue will not increase if they continue to ignore deflation and sound macroeconomic management. The most important consideration is that taxes not be increased during a severe economic downturn. The politicans who can understand what the bureaucracy tells them are referred to as policy experts. Only a mere handful of politicians are capable of refuting those arguments and developing their own conceptions.
(16 August)

Political warfare is the only conspicuous aspect of the Democratic Party presidential election. What is important is policy debate. But before that, what is required is the identification of the reasons the Hatoyama and Kan Cabinets betrayed the expectations of so many people for a change in government.
(19 August)

– A two-for-the-price-of-none special from Takenaka Heizo

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