AMPONTAN

Japan from the inside out

Ichigen koji (70)

Posted by ampontan on Monday, November 7, 2011

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

If Japan plunges into the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) it will be tantamount to suicide by throwing oneself into the sea…

Participation in TPP will cause the public healthcare system to collapse from its foundation. It’s Prime Minister Koizumi’s postal privatization all over again…Prime Minister Noda should clearly state that Japan can’t decide because national opinion is split. Americans are adults, so they won’t pressure us if we tell them no.

…Anyway, my party membership was suspended, so I didn’t vote for Mr. Noda Whatshisname to begin with.

…You’re intelligent, but you have no wisdom. You do nothing but debate and have no idea what to do. If your decision is going to be based on local opinion or that of your support groups, you might as well let the prefectural and municipal assemblies decide.

– Tanaka Makiko, the daughter of Japan’s Boss Tweed and former Prime Minister Tanaka Kakuei, addressing a group of Diet members either wary of or opposed to Japan’s participation in TPP. The last comment was directed to the group’s members themselves.

Ms. Tanaka was Mr. Koizumi’s first foreign minister, thrown out of the LDP, resigned from the Diet over an embezzlement scandal over her secretaries’ salaries, won re-election as an independent after being cleared, joined the opposition DPJ, and was suspended for a year from party membership after abstaining rather than voting against the no-confidence motion against Kan Naoto earlier this year.

It’s hard to believe now, but she was once considered prime ministerial material by people both in Japan and overseas.

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