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Prime Minister Taro Aso chats with students while campaigning on the JR Keihin Tohoku line between Omiya and Kawaguchi in Saitama Prefecture on Friday.

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"...so there I was on a crowded train, and I went to push the stop button like this, but it turned out to be something else."

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Simon - Hatoyama hasn't had to drive himself anywhere since before he was conceived either. Amazing huh?

I haven't seen Hatoyama in any dumb photo ops like this one, though.

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So, are the Japanese politicians like the U.S. politicians - we only hear from them/see them when elections roll around again?

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I heard this ludicrous old clown is coming to Kashiwa tomorrow

I'll see you outside SOGO then. by the BIC camera entrance eh W

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You do that Ivan! I hear there's a full moon tomorrow! Throw the ugly geriatric a sieg heil as well, that's pretty fitting for his political leanings.

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I heard this ludicrous old clown is coming to Kashiwa tomorrow. I promise you this - he'll be looking up the business end of a saxon salute if I spot him. There shall be mooning.

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"You call this a chi-ka-te-tsu? My, will wonders never cease! Where is the person you talk at when you want this thing to stop?"

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He having a heart attack?....

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BurakuminDes at 05:36 PM JST - 22nd August The way old Aso is leering at those teenage girls is downright creepy and sickening.

the way you leer @ them is better?

Ha ha! I don't leer at teens on trains - honest! I'm not Japanese! LOL.

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I bet this was the first time in his life that the Aso was on a public train.

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Simon - Hatoyama hasn't had to drive himself anywhere since before he was conceived either. Amazing huh?

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Sarge said,

Outspoken - What makes you think Hatoyama would be a better PM than Aso? Because he doesn't make as many mistakes reading kanji?

What makes you think he'd be a worse one? Oh wait, let me guess. The DPJ's foreign policy isn't as Republican-friendly?

Anyway, given that this is a man who probably hasn't had to drive himself anywhere since before he was conceived, seeing him pretending to be an ordinary joe on a commuter train is pretty laughable.

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Hopefully he is not "accidentally" mistaken for a groper by these young women.

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Meh the schoolgirl holding the Tommy Hilfiger bag looks happy, the rest of the guys in the background (who will be voting) look like they're giving him BIG dirties.

Who's he trying to fool? He's an ultra-conservative guy who wants to microchip foreigners. His dad owned a sweatshop for prisoners, and he's the 3rd in line after Abe and Fukuda.

I was lightly amused to see Fukuda and Abe were touring the country giving speeches about why people should vote for the LDP... even identifying themselves as former PM's. I saw Fukuda at my local mall talking about how hard it is being PM, and how only the LDP can handle it. He's living proof of such claims I guess?

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BurakuminDes at 05:36 PM JST - 22nd August The way old Aso is leering at those teenage girls is downright creepy and sickening.

the way you leer @ them is better?

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The way old Aso is leering at those teenage girls is downright creepy and sickening.

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Lol, Aso looks so funny!

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Emo hairstyle, bah, give me a break. Girls and guys have had that hairstyle since grunge back in the 90's. :-P Further back, let's go look at the 70's cuts.

He's doing his business and I think he should probably be out in the public eye in Japan more often.

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Hello? they are too young to vote.

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Am I the only one who thinks that that claw-like hand seems a bit 'groper'-ish?

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"It's called Emo-Hairstyle"

Emo for emotional. Well, she certainly looks happy to see Aso!

Outspoken - What makes you think Hatoyama would be a better PM than Aso? Because he doesn't make as many mistakes reading kanji?

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I hope he loses to DPJ Hotoyamasan. Enough is enough!

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He's saying, "And then Yoda say, 'Use the force, Luke...like THIS.'"

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"I like the one girl's hairstyle with her hair covering one eye."

It's called Emo-Hairstyle.

Another example why Aso should stay PM! He's a fun guy and down where the people are. This would happen with any other current candidate.

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I like the one girl's hairstyle with her hair covering one eye.

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people are criticizing Aso for not giving his seat to teenage girls? Why? Young girls should be prepared to give up their seats to geriatric, senile, old fogies.

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"Old man Aso is looking more and more like a dead man walking every day"

He be lookin' pretty genki to me in this photo.

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After the election, you won't see him ever in a train again.

Or elsewhere...unless there's a Home for Hasbeen PMs.

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Aso riding the train eh. Actually he was driven to the station by limousine and somebody else bought his ticket. He must be pretty desperate. Anyway, politicians excel in kissing the butt of the entire electorate. After the election, you won't see him ever in a train again.

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The LDP party political broadcast on telly last night started off with Aso apologising for getting everything wrong so far.

I get the feeling the LDP is deliberately trying to lose this election because things have just got too difficult for them. They want someone else to sort out all their mistakes.

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Old man Aso is looking more and more like a dead man walking everyday. The old fella will lead the LDP to it's worst performance in history...what a legacy!

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PM, how about offering your seat to a lady?

Oh - I forgot.

This is Japan.

Give me a break, I've used public transit extensively at home in the US and can't remember the last time a guy gave a seat to a girl. Chivary is almost dead these days.

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bltvzpk: "PM, how about offering your seat to a lady?"

What you missed (just before THIS pic was taken) was that the young girl offered up her seat to the infirmed geriatric, Aso. After that, when this pic is taken, he began to illustrate how to spot a groper on trains... as thanks. :)

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It isn't the only seat he should be thinking of giving up.

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He's asking the students how to read the kanji on the Jump magazine advertisement hee hee!

"what's wrong with his face ?"

Is there something wrong with his face?

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Is he reaching for a br&%st or rear-end?

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they're probably thinking - "who is this old fart?"

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Yes, he shoud totally give up his seat. We all know women suffer from a major impediment that makes it very difficult for them to stand.

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Political rockstar Aso,got some students smiling. This is good.

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what's wrong with his face ?

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My thoughts exactly blvtzpk! Him offering his seat would mean a LOT more than ANYTHING that he could be saying to them. lol

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Are they promoting a new horror movie? A monster terrorizing young girls. The makeup artist did a pretty impressive job with the lead male actor.

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Lol, that old timer must seem like he's from another universe to them

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I saw him in Majiro last night. Knocking back his scotch and smoking away.

Judging by that picture I'd guess he'd already knocked back a few by the time you saw him.

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It he reaching for a breast or a rear-end?

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PM, how about offering your seat to a lady?

Oh - I forgot.

This is Japan.

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I saw him in Majiro last night. Knocking back his scotch and smoking away.

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

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Aso; "Thanks to our policies. only 75% of you will get jobs when you enter "society hell!" What ans Aso!

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That's the last thing I'd want-encountering aso on the train.

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"You really ought to be home making bumpies -- err... babies!"

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