Japan from the inside out

Ichigen koji (72)

Posted by ampontan on Wednesday, November 9, 2011

– A person who has something to say about everything

The central axis for crisis management should be unified, integrate information, supplement the information that is lacking, and examine long-term countermeasures. The on-site response should include the transfer of authority to professionals with a thorough knowledge of local conditions, and then proceed with (what must be done). That will resolve matters quickly and effectively. The Democratic Party government’s creation of a plethora of ad hoc groups to deal with the crisis and their management that failed to utilize local strengths was exactly the opposite of what they should have done.

A national government should only determine policy in the manner of a think tank. With some exceptions, they have nothing to do locally. That is the basis for the importance of regional devolution. The national government should be responsible for foreign affairs, defense, and macroeconomic policy. If local governments are allowed to deal with matters on site, it will invigorate Japan. This indeed is the concept that is of the essence.

– Inose Naoki, deputy governor of the Tokyo Metro District and a non-fiction author, on the DPJ’s response to the March earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident

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