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3 years ago  ::  Sep 06, 2011 - 8:12AM #1
Wanderingal
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The Japanese ruling party has replaced the failed prime minster with a new leader--Yokoshida Noda.

The previous leader was forced to resign after coming under tremendous criticism for his very poor handling of the Japanese nuclear and earthquake/tsunami crises in the spring.

Noda is a very earthy man--by his own description--who believes in going to the heart of matters and getting things done without the kind of worrying about rationalizingand cya-ing that his predecessor displayed.

From this event it's obvious that the Japanese--contrary to opinions expressed here in the spring--are not hesitating to harshly and publicly criticize any of its leaders who are seen as not working towards repairing the many broken aspects of Japan due to the triple crises.

President Obama has already talked with Noda via telephone and has pledged to work with him in any way that will help Japan recover.

The change in leadership plus an in-depth analysis of the possible effects on Japan as a whole is reported on NHK World--the Japanese news report that is broadcast by PBS.

www.nytimes.com/2011/09/03/world/asia/03...

Moderated by Merope on Sep 06, 2011 - 01:30PM
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3 years ago  ::  Sep 06, 2011 - 9:09AM #2
CharikIeia
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Unlike Kan, the new guy is reported to be unlikely to substantially revise the Japanese energy sector. Kan has turned - because of the disaster - quite pro-green. We'll see to what degree the change of face will be anything else than a return to the usual "no questions asked" style that characterised the policies leading up to the Fukushima disaster.


This article here points out that everything innovative that Noda has mentioned so far is essentially a continuation of innovations that the Kan government started.


ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/recov...


I'm curious where this man's heart is: with the habits of the past, or - like Kan's - with the future.

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3 years ago  ::  Sep 06, 2011 - 9:21AM #3
Wanderingal
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Kan is a deathbed convert to green.


Like in the last THREE MONTHS.


What a guy!


 


I'll be back later with a better link to NHK World.

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3 years ago  ::  Sep 07, 2011 - 8:58AM #4
Wanderingal
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Yesterday and today NHK World is reporting on the newest challenge to the new government--the recent typhoon.


Everyone in Japan is waiting to see how the new government handles this new challenge as it continues to address the continjuing problems of hundreds of thousands of its people after the triple crises of the spring....

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3 years ago  ::  Sep 07, 2011 - 9:53AM #5
CharikIeia
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Sep 7, 2011 -- 8:58AM, Wanderingal wrote:


Yesterday and today NHK World is reporting on the newest challenge to the new government--the recent earthquake.



Which recent, new earthquake?


Could you give a news link or so?


I am only aware of the recent typhoon (search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn201109...)...


Sep 6, 2011 -- 9:21AM, Wanderingal wrote:


Kan is a deathbed convert to green.


Like in the last THREE MONTHS.


What a guy!



Yes, he is a convert. Better late than never. No need to belittle that... truth has this way of persisting despite convictions, while convictions can occasionally adjust to truths. It is good when this happens, every once in a while, 100% good.


Besides, it is foolish to believe in "leadership" as a solution to any real problem. The exchange of leaders only solves psychological issues that the electorate may suffer from, but in general won't make the nature of the problems change. In modern democratic societies, there rarely are governments that would crucially depend on 'leaders'. Decisions are jointly made by a collective of experts and representatives. A change of face is just cosmetics, nice for onlookers who don't really care for the underlying issues.

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3 years ago  ::  Sep 10, 2011 - 9:55AM #6
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I wonder if someone is going to blame the USA for this too? They blame us for everything else.

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3 years ago  ::  Sep 17, 2011 - 11:43PM #7
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