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Hashimoto fires up class at school for aspiring politicians

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Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto on Saturday addressed 900 "graduates" of his school for aspiring politicians. The Ishin Seiji Juku (Political Restoration Academy) opened in April, drawing 2,025 "students" from all over Japan.

The students, who come from all walks of life, include housewives, businessmen, bureaucrats and unemployed people. They paid tuition and attended training sessions twice a month, learning to articulate their views on various issues.

The number was pared down to 900. They are expected to file their candidacies for the next lower house election.

Addressing the gathering, Hashimoto said he opposes the current state of national politics and told the students that they are the vanguard to bring about fundamental political change in Japan, TV Asahi reported.

The Ishin Seiji Juku was formed by Hashimoto's political group, the Osaka Ishin no Kai (Osaka Restoration Association), which is aiming to shake up the national political landscape.

Special guest speaker at Saturday's ceremony was Tokyo Gov Shintaro Ishihara who spoke about his views on national politics as well as his plan to buy the Senkaku Islands.

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Special guest speaker at Saturday’s ceremony was Tokyo Gov Shintaro Ishihara who spoke about his views on national politics as well as his plan to buy the Senkaku Islands.

At first i thought this was satire. Birds of a feather i suppose, so totally expected

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Same Hashimoto who caved-in to government (big energy's) nuclear power-plant restart?

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He probably thinks free education is a waste of tax payers money... but this isn't.

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I managed to find a translation of his first speech on-line, here are some bullet points.

Hello every one, my advice to being a career politician would be obey these rules.

Big business is king, always remember that. Never, ever let public concerns get in the way of big business's way. Always support your local Yakuza group, they will make their wishes known as soon as you have power. When you need to hide bad news like high unemployment figures just choose an easy target that can't answer back, my favourite is foreigners or teachers, say something outrageous like all foreign teachers should be DNA screened and hey presto your bad news gets hidden in the media scrum. 4.The easiest way to tarnish your opponents is to call them Un-Japanese, it means absolutely nothing but the dumb sheep public like to hear these things.

Follow these rules and you will have a long career as a xenophobic spite filled little J-politico, achieving nothing and taking everything is the aim.

Good luck people, now make your cheques payable to Hashimoto and Ishihara Teaching Hate Services.

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"and told the students that they are the vanguard to bring about fundamental political change in Japan" -provided, they are not tatooed, I guess...

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-provided, they are not tatooed, I guess...

Absolutely not! The man saw Toyama Kinsan on TV, kicking the asses of the corrupt and the evil, and so he has good reason to fear tattoos, like so many politicians!

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Will he teach them to bully? Will he teach them to flip flop? Will he teach them that everyone who doesn't agree with them must be put out of a job?

Start the pea-cocking marches as this guy is in it for the long haul. God help us all.

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Wait a minute, what happened to that retired general who advocated corporal punishment and maniacal laughter? Why wasn't he invited to Hashimoto's event?

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Ishihara to Hashimoto 'Your father wasn't a yak. Toru, I am your father'.

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REMzzzJun. 24, 2012 - 06:26PM JST

Wait a minute, what happened to that retired general who advocated corporal punishment and maniacal laughter? Why wasn't he invited to Hashimoto's event?

They probably thought he was too soft for their program.

This intolerant, xenophobe, racist, sexist guy shouldn't be allowed anywhere near public office, let alone try to create a new cult order for the destruction of Japan's future.

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