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Kishida's gamble to oust powerful LDP faction may plague gov't

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By Tomoyuki Tachikawa

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Draw the kabuki drama on and on, but the end will be Kishida resigning. Just get it over with already.

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a real clown club.

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Is that a real photo?

Looks live oversized heads have been inserted into a cardboard cutout of penguin suits.

Either way.......same outcome.

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Mr Irrelevant

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Kishida's gamble to replace all ministers from the largest faction within his ruling Liberal Democratic Party over a political fundraising scandal could make it more difficult for him to manage the government.

What gamble?

He wasn't doing a good job in the first place.

He couldn't manage putting on a new roll of toilet paper by himself.

What's the difference?

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KIshida isn't evil or corrupt, he's just stupid.

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I do not want to take up a lost cause."

That sums it up succinctly…

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Kishida is a lost cause but I must admit it took some brass to oust Abe’s minions from the ranks of ministers. If Kishida—and Japan—are serious about “restoring trust in the government,” then every one who took a kickback should be thrown out of government and possible arrested. I won’t hold my breath.

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Ikuo Gonoi, a politics professor at Takachiho University, said Kishida has pledged to rebuild public trust, but he "has not provided any details about what kind of actions he would take."

Despite his position as the leader of the LDP, he "said nothing substantial, as if it were someone else's problem. It even seemed as if he may not fully grasp the seriousness of the situation."

I suspect Kishida knows what needs to be done, and that he would have a real revolt on his hands if he said what it is.

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These are just puppets on show for the General Public. The real powers who pull the strings are organisations such as Nihon Kaigi, and the factions who spend a lifetime owing and paying back favours to each other, carried down from their fathers and grandfathers.

New cabinet secretary Hayashi distinguished himself during his tenure at the Foreign Ministry by achieving nothing, but he did not rock the boat over there. The permanent bureaucrats saw to that.

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The photo says it all.

old Japanese old boys,traditionalist,revisionists and dressed in early 1900es clothes.

No wonder why Japan is falling down from the rest of the developed and civilized world.

This is a photo that resemble more a 1920s government rather than in (most) 2024.

The fax time will never end here.

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Very Familiar faces , best of luck to all.

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Look like penguins hudling together like there is safety in numbers. Wonder how long they'll last.

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The length and fit of their trousers are scandals already.

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Club penguin

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Look at the abject state of it.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

Only 2 politicians in Japan, the ones got caught with scandals, and the ones that haven't.

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Resign around spring, eh? Well, since many Japanese believe in the myth that spring starts on Feb 3rd... you know, before the coldest times and most snow of the year, that may well be correct.

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I saw this picture and immediately thought "Happy Feet" the movie, only this is like the 5th sequel and they're all old XD

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Kishida either protects those politicos and their bad acting or he ensures they are properly punished.

No punishment shows to the electorate that he is weak.

Allowing the scandal to become news shows that he can’t be relied upon by party members.

What’s the penalty for wrongdoing?

Replacement

What’s the penalty for lack of trust in Kishida?

Lack of support

He is in an unenviable position

Kishida’s evasiveness and inability to remember key details as well as semi permanent jet lag makes him out to be a lightweight.

He can’t control his own party’s politicians because none of them have faith in him.

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They don't look like four blokes who have just got promoted.

They should be happy and popular. They have defeated Japan's number one enemy - the demon deflation, and delivered inflation that Abe could only dream about. There are no 'deflationary mindsets' out there any more.

And look at the diversity. Five completely different hairstyles.

Cheer up Japan. At least you aren't Brexit Britain. Nowadays, the less a government does, the happier its citizens should be.

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Maaan, they look old as hell. No wonder it takes ages for laws to get passed.

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We are in Good Hands I Say !?

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Where can I get one of these Jackets? it will Make a great Costume !!

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This is a photo that resemble more a 1920s government rather than in (most) 2024.

My first thought upon seeing that photo was to evoke images of 1930s Imperial Japan. It gave me the same little chill I got when I first saw a photo of Xi Jinping wearing a Zhongshan suit. Does anyone in Japan besides politicians even dress that way any more?

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