Japan from the inside out

Ichigen koji (86)

Posted by ampontan on Thursday, December 29, 2011

– A person who has something to say about everything

In my long career, there has never been a time in which politics are more important than now, but politics have never been in greater upheaval than they are now. It is the first time we have not been trusted by the people. I have no excuse I can give them, and I feel like I want to cry…

…I left the Liberal-Democratic Party because I thought a two (major) party system would stabilize politics. The Democratic Party has worked really hard, but things didn’t work out as I thought they would. No one is saying they have hopes for the LDP because the DPJ is terrible…and no one is saying they want to back Ozawa Ichiro because they can’t rely on Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko.

– Watanabe Kozo (79), one of six “supreme advisors” of the Democratic Party of Japan. The statement is all the more astonishing because it combines clear insight (the last part that begins with “No one”) with such balderdash that it is manifest he hasn’t been paying attention to the events transpiring under his nose or the popular will for the past 20 years.

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