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Kishida says only LDP capable of protecting Japan from security threats

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He meant only the USA, not LDP

19 ( +26 / -7 )

Complete fear monger. I hope the public see through this and turf the LDP come election time.

33 ( +37 / -4 )

Why do we not make efforts to promote friendship among us and prosper each other in Asia?

24 ( +30 / -6 )

There is some truth in what Kishida says in that the unelected bureaucrats tasked with turning policy into action largely self-identify with the LDP and will work to stymie any policy with which they are not in full agreement.

15 ( +16 / -1 )

Same old scaremongering lines we have heard from LDP for decades just before elections. Unfortunately most of the oldies will go along with it and re elect those same corrupt LDP daimyo incompetents that keep on sucking them dry and keep Japan stuck in the Showa era. Improving the average Taro,s lot? Forget that , let's all enjoy higher military spending and higher taxes to pay for it. Nippon Kaigi banzai! Vote LDP, yoroshiku...

23 ( +26 / -3 )

In my one party state, yeah it is sort of true, although as others mentioned, the LDP is choreographed to sync with the US.

It is no coincidence that Japan has doubled its defense budget and Australia became part of Auckus.

Dangerous days ahead.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

China is destabilizing the region. Japan will have to act under the watchful eye of the USA no matter who is in charge. The LDP has promised so much and given little.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

Typical LDP,these ultra right wingers are only capable in manipulate the media with these threat things.

Let’s summarize,they want to change the peaceful constitution,raise the military spending,keep the borders close but they don’t care of social welfare,increase women’s and visible minorities rights.

A real old men’s club with a dream of blind revisionism.

18 ( +19 / -1 )

What's he going to URGE them not to attack

13 ( +13 / -0 )

" ..... The upcoming election is about choosing the future of Japan."

He's so right! And that should be the main reason for not voting LDP!

And this:

"I would like the people to choose who can show the future vision of a post-corona society,"

More reasons to go for alternatives. I mean, nothing can be worse than the present (and past) government!

12 ( +16 / -4 )

What a load of baloney

17 ( +18 / -1 )

"We got us in this mess, as we're the only ones capable of getting us out."

I don't think I like this reasoning.

13 ( +13 / -0 )

But who will protect Japan from kishida ?

Does he really want Japan to be part of the international community?

He's trying to sound democratic like he's allowing Japanese citizens to choose their future.

Lets see what he can do in a few weeks

11 ( +12 / -1 )

What a load of baloney

exactly what the LDP is

14 ( +16 / -2 )

Complete fear monger. I hope the public see through this and turf the LDP come election time.

Hear! Hear!

11 ( +14 / -3 )

Much Adooooo.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Only the LDP? Grasping at straws there. Can you imagine the whole of the LDP waiting in suits on the beach, with plastic swords (they didn’t pass the test to get real ones). The man is an imbecile which begs the question what does that make the party members who knowingly voted him the leader.

12 ( +13 / -1 )

I believe everything I read here.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

What he is trying to say is that the LDP is the only party thats capable of funding the military industrial complex (American and Japanese) with tax payer money.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

I don’t 100% agree with Kishida’s economic policy but,

as he mentioned above,

“The upcoming election is about choosing the future of Japan."

It’s not an exaggeration that next election is going to be a touchstone for Japanese that which thought they support, which thought can lead its economic growth in future. Which is Democratic or Communism.

-8 ( +3 / -11 )

So continuing a one party state is the only was to be protected from a bigger one party state? Looks like we can all expect free pilot googles delivered to every household soon, hope they are not too small.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

Incompetent ruling party LDP who has not been able to defend people from corona virus.

Kishida government is just puppet regime to divert public eyes from many missteps of LDP and their responsibility.

14 ( +15 / -1 )

Paper Tigers LOL

1 ( +5 / -4 )

typical conservative nonsense

14 ( +16 / -2 )

"....It’s not an exaggeration that next election is going to be a touchstone for Japanese that which thought they support, which thought can lead its economic growth in future. Which is Democratic or Communism...."

What a lot of garbage.....I'll hazard a guess that you are American and that you don't actually know what Communism is other than the big bad terrible way of life that you've been indoctrinated about.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

Kishida: "Only the LDP can properly suck up to the US (by paying them billions in weapons contracts) for your protection!"

5 ( +9 / -4 )

Kishida, sit down and shut up.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Taiwan and Japan are so screwed if this is true.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_nq5jn01Ag&ab_channel=%E9%83%AD%E6%96%87%E8%B4%B5

Guo Wengui successfully predicted Covid-19, and numerous power purges within China. Of course, he was wrong on the collapse of the Hong Kong economy at the moment. Many of the facts that he stated was quite worrying, which one can confirm in the recent summit between China and US, that the US can renege on Taiwan as it did with South Vietnam or Afghanistan.

If Taiwan falls to China, Japanese economy will be essentially screwed.

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

In a sense Kishida is correct.

The LDP is the only party in Japan made by the US, and therefore as a proxy is the only party the US and its military wants to utilize.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

He's got a point in a way. He means the LDP is the only party that can protect the US-Japan relationship, who in turn protect Japan. The Democratic party totally destroyed that relationship 10 years ago until Abe came to power and cozied up with Obama as quickly as possible.

-9 ( +1 / -10 )

Think about it. The Democratic party withheld vital information about Fukushima. They outright refused US assistance and the only accurate info coming out of Fukushima was from the US. The LDP may suck but there isn't any better option

-11 ( +2 / -13 )

Yes, that’s of course right. But only until yesterday, when I saw on TV, that ReiwaNoTou wants to give everyone 200,000yen per month, while they probably give you nothing more than another a**kicking arrow. lol And believe me, with that monthly free amount I can build my own effective defense, including an atomic concrete bunker.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Does anyone think Japanese democracy is any better than US democracy? Both countries are not truly democratic because both nations don't directly elect their president or PM. And a lot of Americans don't even realize that because they think casting a ballot for president is the same thing as a vote.

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Japan would have a healthier democracy if the LDP had responsible opponents. Unfortunately, it does not. The comments here are (predictably) abysmal. The only ones that do not bash the LDP are given thumbs-down..But Gaijinland is right...I wonder how many of the commentators are able to vote. I am. And I intend to support Kishida's party...

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The Democratic party withheld vital information about Fukushima. They outright refused US assistance and the only accurate info coming out of Fukushima was from the US. 

think you might have that wrong, it was TEPCO and bureaucrats that withheld the information, Not the DP. The PM was so angry about that. You could see live on the BBC the meltdown explosion. But TEPCO said it’s all OK? So don’t blame the DP they were being misinformed by the bureaucrats and TEPCO. And we are expected to trust the same people with our future?

5 ( +9 / -4 )

Can the Japanese Communist Party, which advocates the dismantling of the Self-Defense Forces, protect Japan?

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

I can see a lot of very good talent in the opposition parties and know some personally. The people I know have a vision for Japan that focuses on participating in the digital world economy. A strong economy, healthy and happy population and the freedom to chose is the best defence for protection. China learned this for the last 50 years. In the 1980s China was a closed country with little international business but they decided integrating into the world and money will bring prestige. We need a change in philosophy for Japan, we don't need more guns but a strong economy and relationship with strong allies such as Europe, the Americas (N & S) and Asia.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

But who will protect Japan from the LDP?

15 ( +16 / -1 )

when the laughter died down, what'd he say after?

7 ( +8 / -1 )

It is like this:

LDP: "Only the LDP is capable of protecting Japan from security threats. Don't you believe it? Have you seen any actual security threat to Japan in the last decade? You haven't? Then see how the LDP has protected you!!!"

Common folks: "Actually, that's true. I don't remember any terrorist attack like elsewhere abroad, I don't remember any immediate security threat. So the LDP has lived up to its words and I will continue to vote for them. And so will my children. And my children's children. And their children's children.".

The LDP has done nothing special to do that. The whole thing just works out of inertia. Nothing more, nothing less.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

Anyone that votes for him/his party is a very strange individual

10 ( +10 / -0 )

The LDP has way more seats than its nearest competitor, and while some wheeling and dealing might happen, there won’t be many election surprises this century.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Kishida says only LDP capable of protecting Japan from security threats

Yeah right.

My job is internal controls, internal audit, risk control and management. If I would to set up a risk-threat matrix for Japan as a country, I would not put on top of the list: China, NK or Russia. I would not even put on the list Mount Fuji blowing its top and splitting the island in two or sinking it, neither would I put the Tokyo "Big One", earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, torrential rainfall, landslides or floods on top of it.

Nope, I would put keeping the LDP in charge on top of it as the highest likely/impacting risk: to Japan's economic and financial welfare, to its social net and welfare, to its manufacturing infrastructure and network, to its very future.

Every election enabling the LDP to remain in power is time lost, welfare lost, financial/economic/manufactural capacity being wasted on high-cost low-return fluff, nonsense, time-wasters which will make any adjusting back in the future much more painful than it already would now. One day, down the lane, there is going to be an adjustment (the idea of a house of cards falling comes to mind), and frankly, I sincerely do hope I am not longer here to go through with it because it will very nasty to both go through with or witness.

In simple words: the LDP is a threat to the very existence of Japan, its economy, its society and, of course, its people. The LDP has to be weeded out and, behind the shed in the back of the garden, to be burned out of existence once and for all.

13 ( +13 / -0 )

Of course he would say that. His party has run the country almost without interruption for 60 years. The only "democracy" in the world to do so.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

"In simple words: the LDP is a threat to the very existence of Japan, its economy, its society and, of course, its people. The LDP has to be weeded out and, behind the shed in the back of the garden, to be burned out of existence once and for all."

Agreed

8 ( +8 / -0 )

... we cannot let them run this country.

Countries run in spite of politicians.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Absolutely fear mongering but...probably effective, depressingly. It's a line that has worked for them basically since inception, so they aren't really incentivized to change it. There is a tiny part of me that hopes the recent crises serve to motivate the voting populace, but I am not positive of that.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

He is suppose to do a PM's job not LDP/election promotion.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

if kishida cares so very much about the future of Japan and its protection and the Japanese people's nation they why doesn't he have real details as to his plans .

this is kind of counter productive if he's truly interested in what's best for Japan.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

The one time in my life the LDP were not in power there was the major tsunami in 2011 and they used that to character assassinate Kan in the media and get back into power again where they promptly bailed out TEPCO. It's really quite hopeless. I have no idea how this country stays afloat

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Who is he kidding???

1 ( +1 / -0 )

KhuniriToday  09:29 am JST

Japan would have a healthier democracy if the LDP had responsible opponents.

Japan would have a healthier democracy if unconstitutional vote value disparities were fixed, if candidates in single-seat constituencies needed majorities to get elected and if politicians were banned from amassing their own election campaign funds. The LDP could fix these problems but it won't. You think that's responsible?

Unfortunately, it does not. The comments here are (predictably) abysmal. The only ones that do not bash the LDP are given thumbs-down..

You're not really refuting any of them though, are you?

But Gaijinland is right...I wonder how many of the commentators are able to vote.

Anyone who can get Japanese nationality can vote, although I fail to see what that's got to do with anything. Are you insinuating that people who can't vote should keep their opinions to themselves, even though as taxpayers they're the politicians' employers just as much as the voters?

I am. And I intend to support Kishida's party.

I'm pretty sure that you won't be able to explain why without opposition-bashing.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Kishida says only LDP capable of protecting Japan from security threats

In fact, these words are not wrong. The opposition parties are trying to bring anti-Japanese forces, CCP members and anti-Japanese Koreans, into Japan and are supporting the fabrication of history by China and Korea.

On the other hand, the Abe cabinet has visibly strengthened the regime against China, including the launch of the Quad and the conclusion of the CPTPP. There are many Diet members within the LDP who are concerned about China, so it is not a situation that can be trusted with peace of mind, but I feel that things are starting to move in the right direction, partly due to the fact that the LDP rejected the China-friendly Nikai. It is also a good sign that Taro Kono, whose family owns a company in China, did not become the prime minister in the election.

Personally, Kishida is not the best, but I think he was better than Kono. Also, the next PM will probably be Sanae Takaichi. I think she has the potential to be the best prime minister Japan has ever had. I am rooting for her.

-12 ( +1 / -13 )

The LDP have been in power for 22 of the last 25 years. Of course they would say only they're capable of protecting Japan when no other party has been in power for as long.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

The LDP have been in power for 22 of the last 25 years. Of course they would say only they're capable of protecting Japan when no other party has been in power for as long.

You do not properly understand how much the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) administration has destroyed Japan's security. And the Japanese who were involved remember it deeply.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

Kishida says only LDP capable of protecting Japan from security threats

Ok.

But who's gonna protect us plebeians from LDP threats and power harassment executives in companies?

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Only 自民党, in power for over 70 years, your results have bared fruit.

Everything was done as best as possible?

How is Japan 70 years after you took power, in its best position?

Will it take 70 more years or more like 700years of more your great achievements.

The LDP today, Reminds me of Erich Honecker more than a political party.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

The biggest threat to Japan is the LDP. There is a militarist taint to the party. A party which is at best, reactionary and conservative with a fascist bent.

The supposed threats are from a manufacturing and trade partner aka China and a third world country with a ramshackle army appropriate for fighting in the 19th century aka North Korea.

The biggest threat to Japan is the USA, as it remains a client-state of a waning Empire, that itself is a model for no actual democracy.

Incredible Kishida, attempts to paint his party as representing some peculiar wedge for fending off non-existen threats. Cheap politics. And a ridiculous posit.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

That's how Japan began itself the WW2.

...and here there we go again, WW3 is on the making.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

"I would like the people to choose who can show the future vision of a post-corona society," he added.

Waffle and vagueness!

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Which threat ?

This is in your mind. You know nobody will attack you.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Personally, Kishida is not the best, but I think he was better than Kono.

Beg to disagree...Kono would have pushed for at least some reforms that Japan so desperately needs, whereas Kishida reneged on his core promises within 2 weeks of becoming a PM, completely controlled by the 3 A,s.

Also, the next PM will probably be Sanae Takaichi. I think she has the potential to be the best prime minister Japan has ever had. *

Yeah sure, just what Japan needs, an admirer of Nazi policies, full speed back to 1930,s.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Covid is/was a security issue, how'd that go. Oh....

Vaccines thrown out, not enough freezers, a litany of bungling everyday. The medical community must have been going apoplectic.

On top of that, How are those ambulances doing? Hospitals?

They are staying away because they know they'll be called out on whatever they say

What are the LDP qualifications beyond daddy and grandpa and Nippon Kaigi membership?

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kenshin_uToday  01:46 pm JST

You do not properly understand how much the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) administration has destroyed Japan's security.

I doubt if you can properly explain either.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

The usual fear mongering and spin to hide the next round of corporate welfare payments to the military industries, who will cycle some of the graft money back to their LDP loyalist. There seems no end to this class warfare.

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oh dear.... i just hope majority of Japan doesn't think like you... instead put more time to think about how are we to move forward, develop good trading relationships with neighbours, and focus on prosperity...

The majority of Japanese people think the same way, which is why the LDP is the largest political party.

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kenshin_uToday  04:50 pm JST

The majority of Japanese people think the same way, which is why the LDP is the largest political party.

Perhaps you could tell us what you base that claim on, e.g. the total percentage of the Japanese electorate that voted for the LDP in the last House of Representatives election.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

In_japanToday  11:41 am JST

He is suppose to do a PM's job not LDP/election promotion.

That's essentially what the PM's job is to the LDP. They govern in order to win elections, not the other way round.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

The supposed threats are from a manufacturing and trade partner aka China and a third world country with a ramshackle army appropriate for fighting in the 19th century aka North Korea.

The biggest threat to Japan is the USA, as it remains a client-state of a waning Empire, that itself is a model for no actual democracy.

No, China is a military threat.

They are building artificial islands, setting up bases, threatening sea lanes, forcing their way into Hong Kong, and targeting Taiwan. After that, they will go after Japan. And are you saying that the US is a threat to Japan?

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

I think you have a massive inferior complex about Korea.

You'll get on well with our LDP friends.

There is not a single factor that makes me feel inferior to Koreans, but what exactly is it?

Also, not only me, but most Japanese people are close to the LDP, that's why the LDP is the biggest party in Japan, right? And don't you think that shows that your ideas don't fit with the ideas of most Japanese people?

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Maybe if the LDP government loses the next one can pay for the deprogramming counseling

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Given that the Japanese government is still pretty keen on censorship and that such sources were surely preserved by the pre-war and wartime governments I'm sure they make everything sound like it was just absolutely dreamy. Imperial Japan's big pals the Nazis were quite keen on making their concentration camps look and sound fairly pleasant as well.

If you ignore the primary source, then the testimony of the Koreans is also not worth believing at all.

What is the source that proves the hellish life that Koreans claim to have? Was it to spread photos of Japanese in the coal mines after the war as Koreans in New York? Why did the Koreans lie and claim that the photos taken by a Japanese photographer of Japanese people were of Korean conscripts?

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kenshin_uToday  06:54 pm JST

What is the source that proves the hellish life that Koreans claim to have? Was it to spread photos of Japanese in the coal mines after the war as Koreans in New York? Why did the Koreans lie and claim that the photos taken by a Japanese photographer of Japanese people were of Korean conscripts?

Instead of posing these questions to random foreigners on the internet who don't know a whole lot about the topic and don't have as much... ah, interest in it as you, why don't you just go up to a Korean person and ask them face to face?

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kenshin_uToday  05:38 pm JST

Also, not only me, but most Japanese people are close to the LDP, that's why the LDP is the biggest party in Japan, right? 

I understand that the voter turnout was only about 53% and only got 48% of the constituency votes and 33% of the PR votes. Therefore I don't understand the assertion that most Japanese people are close to the LDP.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

LDP has done a horrible job, based on how it has responded to COVID by following the propaganda promoting fear and vaccines. This is hardly to the benefit of the Japanese people, who face a minimal threat from COVID.

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LOL, he is joking, right? The only ones that are capable of protecting Japan is US! SDF can't even shoot back!!!

3 ( +3 / -0 )

It is inevitable that China will attack Japan once it have the military capability of doing so. Even if the CCP do not want it, the CCP would have a tough time in controlling its highly nationalistic population who have strong demand for a war of revenge. CCP will have its hands forced by the population once the population believes that the capabilities are there.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

This is very false, biased and dangerous reporting. Without any back up as to why, it is just hearsay.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Good. Kishida stated the fact straightforward and declared increasing defense budget.

All opposition basically are basically throwing up a smokescreen around the issues on national security.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

He really means ''Only the LDP can promise to tax the rich and make society fairer but before we do that we need to make the rich, richer so that they can build more weapons for us to defend ourselves. My mates at Mitsubishi and other companies need to be richer to defend the country! Therefore, societal change will have to wait...until the next guy promises the same!''

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Kishida cannot defend against nuclear weapons nor missiles dropped from orbit.

Does he expect the electorate to be fooled by his lies?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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