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Did former Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara fall or was he pushed concerning his resignation over the acceptance of a donation from a South Korean permanent resident of Japan?

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Both. He was pushed due to the timing -- poor ratings for the Kan cabinet and the Ozawa mess is still hanging in the air. He fell because this is his second screw-up while he was a minister, after the earlier bogus email fiasco a couple of years back. He just seems a little bit sloppy with details.

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Well if you wanted to change the current laws this would be the kind of set up you'd need to begin the process.

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One for the team, perhaps?

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Compared to other J-Politicians, esecially from the LDP, he's squeeky-clean.

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He was pushed and should have stood his ground over something relatively insignificant as this.

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Pushed, completely and absolutely.

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Man, I should of donated to Ishihara, maybe would of gotten rid of him years ago...

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Who cares? Not like he wasd doing a great job anyway. New oyaji will be juat as ineffective......

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Who cares? Not like he wasd doing a great job anyway.

Not really the point though, is it? He was tossed because of a small donation he knew nothing about. Toss him because he is not doing a great job - okay, toss him because someone gave a tiny bit of money = suspicious

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Maehara broke the law. Just like in the US, Japanese politicians are not allowed to accept money from foreign nationals. Allowing this rule to be broken would open a floodgates.

I hope they press charges.

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Might make a few people wake up as to Japan's treatment of immigrants and special permanent residents, vis a vis the Zainichi Koreans, but then again, probably not.

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Why does JT still care? This is a done deal. Move forward for something better.

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Might make a few people wake up as to Japan's treatment of immigrants and special permanent residents, vis a vis the Zainichi Koreans, but then again, probably not.

We could put a poll tax on Zainichi Koreans who have rights to citizenship but don't exercrise it within a certain period after they qualify.

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What a perfect excuse for Maehara to jump ship, how else can the Chief Mate get away from a sinking ship while the Master is at the helm without his peers seeing him being blatantly callous?

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Any politician in this country forced out of a job due to a transaction of only six digits ought to be hounded out of politics for setting a bad precedent. Surely the figure should be set at a minimum of 10 million yen or else disregarded entirely.

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The Foreign Minister takes a small donation from a foreigner what a laugh! Zeno phobia at it's worst, this guy was taken down perhaps because he was actually good at his job?

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