Japan from the inside out

Ichigen koji (55)

Posted by ampontan on Wednesday, September 7, 2011

– A person who has something to say about everything

1. This appointment is difficult to believe.

2. At this point, I do not think it will be possible to cooperate with Ms. Tanaka, who attacked the ministry by referring to us as a “den of demons”.

3. The Democratic Party is calling for political leadership, so I think I’ll ask someone in one of the three top ministerial positions (Cabinet minister, deputy minister, parliamentary secretary) to serve in the role of asking Ms. Tanaka for cooperation.

Three comments by senior Foreign Ministry officials who wished to remain anonymous after they heard that Foreign Minister Gemba Koichiro had decided to appoint Tanaka Makiko, Koizumi Jun’ichiro’s first foreign minister, to be the chair of the Lower House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The outspoken Ms. Tanaka, part diva and part drama queen, is the daughter of the late former Prime Minister Tanaka Kakuei, the Japanese version of Boss Tweed. Her battle with the equally unpleasant bureaucrats of the Foreign Ministry was more entertaining than anything on television produced as entertainment. Describing it would require a magazine-length article. It ended with Ms. Tanaka’s resignation.

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