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Abe dines with 6 former prime ministers

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday night dined with six former LDP prime ministers to openly discuss various issues facing the current administration regarding politics, the economy and the future of Japan's nuclear power plants.

The rare meeting, which took place at a Japanese restaurant in Tokyo, was attended by Abe, Yasuhiro Nakasone, Toshiki Kaifu, Yoshiro Mori, Junichiro Koizumi, Yasuo Fukuda and Taro Aso, TV Asahi reported.

No details of the discussion were revealed to the media. However, Koizumi has been a vocal opponent of the current government's moves to get nuclear power plants back on line.

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If we think about the perfect storm conditions they have helped lead Japan into, they seem to be a few thoughts short of an idea.

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LOL the old boy network gets together and looks for ways to pass the buck.

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Junichiro Koizumi Yasuo Fukuda

First time I've ever seen Koizumi's full name.

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All of them are from the same party. Why did they omit former prime ministers from other parties? Not enough chairs at the table?

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No details of the discussion were revealed to the media.

perhaps they just met to discuss their personal health issues.

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Where was the rogue meteorite when we needed it?

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Ha! Dine with 6 former US presidents is one thing, a term is at least 4 years spanning possibly 24-40 years. 6 former prime ministers could cover about 6 years.

My question is, who helped Aso order? Fish kanji is hard!

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Would have been objective and inspirational had Abe San extended an invitation to a number of influential current DPJ politicians plus Tomiichi Murayama whose “heartfelt apology” in 1995 is relevant to current diplomatic affairs. I find Junichiro Koizumi posturing on energy policy irritating as while in office he was quite happy to embrace all thing nuclear.

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"Yasuhiro Nakasone"

He was the last Japanese prime minister to serve while there was still zero consumption tax...

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This is a kind of a baby sitting

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Prob discussing the "speech" coming up next Aug. What to omit and how tactfully say it without hurting other country's feelings.

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All of them are from the same party. Why did they omit former prime ministers from other parties? Not enough chairs at the table?

Tokyo Dome was booked already...

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Abe dines with 6 former prime ministers

And I hope all six told him to stick to the Murayama Statement.

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Gobshite . . . Classic! Lmao. There is a Japanese joke which goes like: "What's today's date? How's the weather? Who is the Prime Minister?" Nihon no seifu, mina atama ga warui-naaa'

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And four of the six were PMs within a two year period or so! Aso probably got pretty cranked and shouted, "What year was that again we were all PM? Let's change the history books again, Shinzo old pal!"

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@StrangerlandMAR. 13, 2015 - 04:55PM JST Junichiro Koizumi Yasuo Fukuda First time I've ever seen Koizumi's full name.

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You are the first comment writer who did not know full name of Koizumi. Not only his name but many know his famous Tattoed Mnister grandfather story beside Koizumi nurtured successful politicians.

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PM Abe has to take care of them so that they don't do the wildest things. They are not in the position to tell Abe what to do.

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Abe will be able to explain hs Shusen kinen speech had input of former LDP PMs after 8/15.

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"And I hope all six told him to stick to the Murayama Statement."

Ha ha, maybe they did, but I'm sure they all did so while sucking their teeth in the way that old Japanese men tend to do when they are annoyed (and talk about old--average age of the 6 former PMs is 80 with Nakasone the oldest at 96 and Koizumi the "youngest" at 73). Because when you're sitting at dinner with 6 ex-LDP prime ministers, I'm sure the fact that the PM of Japan in 1995 was NOT an LDP politician but rather a socialist (Murayama) probably makes everybody unhappy.

Among this group, Fukuda probably has the clearest reputation for really wishing to refrain from extending any more middle fingers to other Asians.

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tinawatanabe: " They are not in the position to tell Abe what to do."

They are most certainly in a position to offer him sage advice, since Abe has proven to be one of Japan's worst leaders ever (and in the history books, so long as he himself doesn't have access to them in order to change history again, he'll go down as such eventually) and wants to put Japan in even more danger and ruin its international reputation even more.

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I think Abe needed their input as 8/15 is getting close. He needs LDP elders input for his speech. Chima os now separating from S K about apology. Instead of listening to bossy right wing, he chose elders.

BTW I don;t think they ate fugu which is delicacy of his electral ward. I'd bet they ate Tokyo food.

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Most countries don't have so many former "leaders" still living because they tend to stick around longer than a few months. Here, not so much. The lack of leadership here is astonishing.

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Fukuda probably has the clearest reputation for really wishing to refrain from extending any more middle fingers to other Asians.

Nobody is extending the middle finger to other Asians. Japan is extending lots of financial aids to other Asians but not to Japanese themselves. The Japanese people are not getting any help from the govt and live quite poorly. Japanese people would be surprised and saddened to hear "extending the middle finger".

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@badman: Japan has so many former leaders because somehow Japanese people live lomg life,

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Another wine and dine.

"itsonlyrocknroll", well, some people are never too old to learn. But I am still surprised that he was invited.

Would be nice to see other (re-)tired PMs change their way of thinking, too!

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Nobody is extending the middle finger to other Asians. Japan is extending lots of financial aids to other Asians but not to Japanese themselves. The Japanese people are not getting any help from the govt and live quite poorly. Japanese people would be surprised and saddened to hear "extending the middle finger".

So, which political has ruled Japanese government almost uninterrupted since the end of World War Two? The LDP. If the Japanese people really live so poorly, why do you support them? Seems silly to me, but Japan is always the victim.

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cardsfan5, We were talking about whether Japan was extending the middle finger to other Asians. I denied. I said Japan was extending financial aids. You changed the subject, so you seems convinced.

Japan is always the victim.

Japan IS the victim of bullying.

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