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Ishihara, old guard launch Next Generation Party

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Might as well call themselves "The Walking Dead" party.

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Is the irony not apparent?

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I about laughed myself into a toilet accident with this one. A bunch of metabolic syndrome comb-overs with bad dye jobs calling themselves the next generation. Seriously, Monty Python couldn't have come up with this.

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You really have to laugh at their complete lack of self-reflection.

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81, 74, 72, 71, 71! What irony are you talking about?!

The situation that faces young people today is different from what we experienced.

Yes, and caused by YOU and your generation! If this were my country, I'd be appalled and frustrated that this is all politicians can offer. But it's not and so I don't care.

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"Ishihara was previously a four-term governor of Tokyo...."

Incredible.

"...It was his plan to buy the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands that sparked the present row over their ownership with China, which claims them under the name Diaoyus."

All the Japanese car makers that took a major sales plunge in China are thankful.

"A bunch of metabolic syndrome comb-overs with bad dye jobs"

Hey, Inoki is still in good shape, and his dye job is not bad!

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They will run out of party names soon.

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Next Generation Party , but reality is Past Generation Party Past generation people should let younger generation decide on their own, After all, old people doe out before youngsters.

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“It is our responsibility to lead the people of the next generation.”

Haven't you done enough of that already?

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It should be the "Elderly Generation Party"!

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Hiranuma Takeo--let's see, the old guy who a few years back scuttled any thoughts of allowing a female emperor in Japan on the grounds that Princess Aiko might marry a blue-eyed foreigner and have a haafu child who could then ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne (the horror). Hiranuma also questioned the national loyalty of politician Renho on the grounds that she was a naturalized Japanese citizen. And to top it all off, Hiranuma is the adopted son of Hiranuma Kiichiro, prime minister of Japan in 1939 and a convicted Class A war criminal.

This is one of the founders of the Next Generation Party?

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I can imagine their major supporters and contributors "Pfizer , Cialis , Polygrip , Attends and Metamucil"

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Next Generation Party? Comedy, thy name is Japanese politics.

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“It is our responsibility to lead the people of the next generation.”

It is your responsibility to get the heck out of the way and let the next generation (or maybe just skip the next generation and go to the one after that) try to lead themselves, and try to dig everyone out of the mess that you created.

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ROFL - thats it - Ishihara has officialy lost it. Will someone buy him a pair of white shoes and ship him out to some tropical retirement paradise like Senkakus already. This is just too funny :)

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Oh for crying out loud....will you just retire and quickly buzz off please.

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NEXT GENERATION... Meet the OLD GENERATION.

Unfortunately, the only thing they are capable of "leading" is each other-- to the rest room!

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How about 'That 70's Show!"

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Next Generation Party? They'd better start employing necromancers to keep the next generation informed of policy updates.

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Who keeps giving these idiots the money to carry on? Just give up now please!

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This would be funny if it wasn't our taxes paying their Diet member salaries. I wouldn't mind if they were strictly and properly performance-related, though.

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“It is our responsibility to lead the people of the next generation.”

At your age you have to be led to the toilet, or get your diapers changed if you can't make it that far. Your group of absent-minded geriatric old farts who's mindset is stuck in the middle of the last century is one of the main reasons why Japan is struggling as badly as it is now. You and your ancient friends need to be put out to pasture, or into a retirement home, and let the next generation lead itself. Us younger folk are actually quite capable of getting things done without your help, thank you very much.

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Polit Satire at its best!! Does anyone take japanese politicians serious?

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@Disillusioned

It should have been, the fallen generation.

You just reminded me of an old film called the "Fallen idol" - which would also be quite an appropriate name for these old geezers...

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Ishihara instigated the crackdown on dancing in clubs. He obviously knows what the next generation needs,.

Unfortunately it will be the oldies who end up voting this party in, because the actual next generation are to apathetic to bother voting.

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“It is our responsibility to lead the people of the next generation.”

Yeah right, are these delusional geezers kidding themselves or they are living in a parallel universe?

Forget about the lofty goal to lead the next generation, if they don’t destroy current generation, that would be a plus.

But, I am still appreciate that Ishihara and the rest of his ultra-nationalistic gang are, in fact, reminding us of potential danger and destruction pushed by right-wingers in Japan.

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They should call it the Gerontocracy Party.

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前世代の党 would have been more appropriate.

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They should name their party, 'Old men yell at clouds'.

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Old man, old ways, old rules, old, old, old! This guy should finally retire for good ... or was it he should be retired?

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next generation at 81 years old, hahaha

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should be call " Geriatric Recalcitrant Xenophobia Party of Japan"

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I believe that they have brilliant minds and they can ignore your short- mindedness. Those of you who are very critical of them will also become old. How would you feel if all of your grandchildren feel the way you do about their ages although you may be keen and active individuals.

If I act as racist and xenophobic as these bastards, I would hope my grandchildren would knock some sense into me.

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“It is our responsibility to lead the people of the next generation.”

Incorrect. It is the "people of the next generation" that will lead themselves.

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Next Generation Party (次世代の党).

But that's the problem.At their ages,the only next are their cremations.

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I'm really quite amazed that Ishihara has the brass neck to show his face anywhere after he dared to describe the 3/11 tragedies as "Punishment from Heaven" because "Japanese have become greedy".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-sGVXHbWvE

That’s the kind of leadership this country can well do without, and why the younger generation need to develop an interest in voting.

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70/80 year olds? New generation? Why why why we're they not Kamakazi pilots, probably because their fathers were in charge.

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Next Reincarnation Party....

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Echoing @Graham de Shazo's comment, I assume they will be under the umbrella of the Ministry of Silly Walks.

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“It is our responsibility to lead the people of the next generation....

...further into the ground, if possible"

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The irony is priceless

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Another campaign, another "new" party.

Meet the new party, same as the old party.

Geez I wish these guys would just do their jobs for once, instead of this disingenuous grand-standing all the time!

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Another party name, great news for the sign-writing and printing industry.

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Shouldn't it be the Last generation party?

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How would they know what problems young people face today? The biggest problem young people face today is living under a politcal system that is dominated by octogenarians who think they are somehow in a postion to speak authoritatively about the problems young people face today.

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Shintaro Ishihara and several of his loyal lieutenants in their 70s...

I love that AFP can't really hide the contempt for this geriatric clown and his pals.

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They will run out of party names soon.

Well, after The Next Generation, they have Deep Six Nine,.... (or is it Six Feet Deep)

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The Next Generation Party? Perhaps they are all Star Trek fans. The Same Old Reactionary Bollocks Party would be a more apposite name. But really, this is hilarious and if I didn't know better I would believe this was satire at it's best.

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You just reminded me of an old film called the "Fallen idol" - which would also be quite an appropriate name for these old geezers

It reminded me of the transformers movie, Revenge of the Fallen. It's quite clear that Ishihara has spent all his life in politics and there is nothing else he can do. Most 80 year olds are playing golf or climbing mountains. This guy is dreaming if a hole-in-one and making mountains out of mole hills.

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these old farts sure has raised hell in their lifetime...I hope they are ready for the lake of fire they will encounter on the other side...

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Geriatric generation party.

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New generation is the same as the old generation, just with less people. This is not a really good message to send people.

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The Geriatric Jijis! Gentlemen, time to step down and enjoy the golden years... Young people of Japan, time to step up.

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Talkin' 'bout de-generation. Why don't they all f-f-f-f-fade away?

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Next Reincarnation Party....

I agree with Shanabelle. The next lifetime can't be far away, and some may get lost in the bardo... if we're lucky...

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Old men blasting in microphones party.

You call this next generation?

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Old but not out. They really like politics let them play. J politics are like child’s play anyway as long as they have money and influence they can be part of it. But, they’ve got to be able to make loud noises or infamous remarks, or be part of any controversial issues. Sticking the head out is the basic requirement. And, don’t forget brain is not needed. So, respect your elders, let them play.

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Saw the party group press conference and it's nice to see that it includes two female lawmakers. Just think what these 'good ol' boys' will have in store for them! What those two will endure will pale in comparison to what Ayaka Shiomura went through. Maybe they will be tasked on ways to lure the female voters to the party with slogans like,

"Help us restore Japan's former glory by encouraging women to understood their rightful place in society! Vote Next Generation Party because although we really aren't interested in what women think, we do care about where their rightful place is, and that is right behind their man!"

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It should have been, the fallen generation.

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Shintaro Ishihara and several of his loyal lieutenants

I think you mean mindless yes men.

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For all the flak that they draw actually, and despite the hilarity of this article, the old farts aren't that bad.

Ishihara has been named as a hardcore nationalist. Surprisingly, in reality he is relatively sympathetic to immigrants. His political stance has also been teeter-tattering between far right and centre right, making him an extremely unreliable political ally. And, that, is why he has never been PM.

Conversely, I absolutely resent the illiterate Net Right and some of the pretentious Neocons in Abe's group more.

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Why are all of you except for one individual very critical of their ages?

I believe that they have brilliant minds and they can ignore your short- mindedness. Those of you who are very critical of them will also become old. How would you feel if all of your grandchildren feel the way you do about their ages although you may be keen and active individuals.

I hope that you wold stop and think what you said about them.

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71 is not old in Japan! :)

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