Friday, October 15, 2004

Japanese government wants Bush

From LDP's Takebe sees trouble if Kerry wins presidential election:
Takebe, who is seen as a right-hand man of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, told a Nippon Broadcasting System radio program, referring to the Nov. 2 presidential election, 'It would mean trouble if it is not President Bush. Mr. Kerry is trying to address the North Korean problem bilaterally. That is totally out of the question.'

I couldn't agree more.


TrappedinJapan said...

Did you actually read the article you linked to? It states, "Political analysts have said Takebe, who assumed the LDP's No. 2 post Sept. 27, is known to sometimes make gaffes." And that is a bit of an understatement. How's this for a gaffe. The Japan Times writes....
"Takebe, 78 other lawmakers visit Yasukuni for fall festival

Seventy-nine lawmakers, including Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Tsutomu Takebe, visited Yasukuni Shrine on Tuesday for its annual fall festival.
No members of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's Cabinet were among them.

The nonpartisan group included former Prime Minister Tsutomu Hata, now a member of the Democratic Party of Japan. In addition, 81 representatives of other lawmakers visited the shrine.

"I often visit the shrine when I'm off," Takebe told reporters afterward. "It is my natural desire to pay homage at the shrine."

Koizumi has visited the war-related shrine once a year since taking office in April 2001, angering China and other Asian countries.

China has demanded that Koizumi refrain from visiting the shrine, which honors several class-A World War II criminals among the nation's war dead, as memories of Japanese military aggression are still fresh there.

Reciprocal visits by the leaders of China and Japan have been suspended due to the row over Koizumi's repeated visits to the shrine.

Commenting on the suspension, Takebe said, "There can be obstacles in any of Japan's bilateral relations."

He indicated Koizumi does not need to stop his visits to Yasukuni as a result of foreign demands, and that Japan needs to promote efforts to gain understanding from China. Koizumi indicated Monday he will not halt his controversial visits to Yasukuni.

The Japan Times: Oct. 20, 2004"

These people still insist that the Rape of Nanking never took place because the Japanese soldiers were too disciplined to commit such acts. (Hmm...good thing we got photos of that prison scandal) They equate the Yasukuni Shrine to the Japanese Pearl Habor Memorial. These guys don't play well with others. They instigate conflict while insisting they are tryng to resolve it (sound familiar.)You can have their support because I sure as hell don't want it. If you could get an accurate polling of the Japanese public I am sure you would find overwhelming disapproval of President Bush. In fact Koizumi's amazingly high, seemingly undestructable public support numbers plummeted after he became friends with Bush. He is generally considered Bush's lap dog now.

Evil Sandmich said...

I'd heard about the shrine bit. Usually the justification is that it's A) a shrine for all Japan's soldiers and B) The government can't pick and choose who they want in it since (at least from what I'd read) a private enterprise. I personally think it's all a load of hooey and just goes to show Japan's true feelings of the events surrounding WW2.

When whoever (I'm too lazy to look it up right now) did that global poll, Japan definitely came across as not being big fans of Bush, but their approval rating of him was much higher than that of most of Western Europe.

I'd commented before that what the president of the U.S. does has very little bearing on the day to day events in Japan. However the North Korea situation has a VERY big impact on Japan, and within this narrow context (which is all Japan should care about), Bush's diplomacy is preferable to Kerry's 'everyman for himself' plan.

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TrappedinJapan said...

Bush's diplomacy....hmmmm....isn't that an oxymoron? Anyway, after reading your September 30, 2004 post of Derb Watch- North Korea I decided the rest of this comment fit better there.