Japan from the inside out

Ichigen koji (57)

Posted by ampontan on Sunday, September 11, 2011

– A person who has something to say about everything

The Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Hachiro Yoshio has resigned over his comments (that the area around the Fukushima nuclear power plant resembled a “death town” and his joke to reporters in Tokyo after his return that he was going to “put some radiation” on them). These statements call into question his qualifications as a human being even before his qualifications as a politician, so of course he had to resign.

The seriousness of the problem, however, is that Prime Minister Noda’s personnel decisions, based on maintaining harmony within the party, are evidence that he is thinking only of the party and not the people or the country. His assertion that he would appoint the appropriate person to the appropriate position is nothing more than his specialty of lip-service politics. In fact, it is a superb piece of evidence that what was once called (intraparty) factional balancing results in the consideration only of maintaining party peace and order.

(It is in fact) the appointment of amateurs — a Defense Minister who publicly stated that he was an amateur, and a Foreign Minister and Finance Minister that everyone in Nagata-cho knows to be amateurs.

The prime minister has given priority to the household circumstances of the Democratic Party to appoint amateurs, even to posts that form the foundation of the state. It represents the reversion to bureaucracy-led politics, the establishment of a state governed by the Finance Ministry, and a course toward a tax increase.

All of this happened within days after the inauguration of the Noda government, but it is best that the people, which had hopes for that government, awaken to these facts as soon as possible.

– Eda Kenji, Secretary-General of Your Party

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One Response to “Ichigen koji (57)”

  1. Marellus said


    You like quoting the Your Party. Are they any good ?
    Their analysis is quite good, particularly of civil service reform. Some policies I’m not so sure about.

    – A.

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