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4.7 mil tweets criticize Abe plan to raise retirement age for prosecutors

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By Linda Sieg

Celebrities and other critics of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have taken to social media in droves to protest against a plan to raise the retirement age for prosecutors, calling it undemocratic and ill-timed during the coronavirus crisis.

Critics fear such a move would let an administration retain favorites in key posts, endangering prosecutors' independence, and were angered by its timing during the virus pandemic, Abe's handling of which has drawn fire for being slow and clumsy.

A survey published in the Nikkei daily on Monday showed 55% of respondents disapproved of Abe's handling of the crisis, up 11 points from a previous poll, although support for his cabinet was little changed at 49%, after a decline this year.

"In the midst of the coronavirus calamity, we should focus on people's lives," well-known director Amon Miyamoto said on Twitter in one of what media said were more than 4.7 million similar messages, including repeats, over the weekend. "To forcibly decide on a law that is clearly divorced from democracy is a tragedy for Japan."

Parliament is debating whether to raise prosecutors' retirement age to 65, from 63, except for the top prosecutor, as well as further extensions with cabinet approval.

"Please do not distort the law and politics for your own protection," actor Arata Iura said on Twitter. "Please do not destroy this country."

Abe defended the change in parliament, saying it was in line with those for other civil servants that aimed to make "full use of the rich experience and knowledge" of older officials.

He added, "It's wrong to argue that (the revised law) would lead to arbitrary personnel decisions by the cabinet."

Abe also faced criticism this year when the chief of the Tokyo High Public Prosecutor's Office, seen as close to the premier, was allowed to stay on after turning 63.

"The legislation would clearly destroy the separation of powers," said independent political analyst Atsuo Ito. "People are angry that they are trying to enact this speedily at a time when we face anxiety over the coronavirus."

The pandemic has delivered a crushing blow to the economy, stirring talk of a Great Depression-like downturn among Japan's central bankers. On Monday, Abe vowed swift further stimulus measures.

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Kyari pyamyu pyamyu criticised him and got burnt, I can imagine it'll stop other public figures speaking out too now

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"full use of the rich experience and knowledge" of older officials.

I just got sick to my stomach.

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Actually Japanese Prosecutors aren’t known for their “rich knowledge”. They are known for following a draconian unfair system.

And many 60-65 year olds are also in decline physically and mentally.

How about some newer, younger, better educated....oh forget it this is Japan...

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Takes Abe more than a month to even put his ridiculous mask efforts into effect, and who knows when we'll see the 100,000 yen, if ever, but when it comes to ramming through legislation he wants personally, not only does he try to get it passed immediately, but does it always when no one is looking. Did this with the Secrets Law, too, and when changing the "interpretation" of Article 9 in order to send the SDF into war zones.

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Yep, keep those idiots in their jobs. What could possibly go wrong, besides Gosan and a right wing school or hostage justice. These old men who should be prosecuted themselves best to keep then on the books.

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If they are so smart why haven't they retired already?

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There should instead be a qualification exam and certain mental health tests for high-level government officials such as Abe and company before they could run for office and if they fail, that would just mean they're not suited for government work anymore. Same with the military, if you fail a certain number of annual physical fitness tests, you're booted out.

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WobotToday 04:18 pm JST

Kyari pyamyu pyamyu criticised him and got burnt, I can imagine it'll stop other public figures speaking out too now

Nettoyo scum are trying to kill free speech in Japan with their threats. Very sad to see.

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Cricky......I hear you.

They are such egomaniacs that they can't retire.

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SmithinJapan you are awesome.........you have been here for a long time and whatever you post I absolutely agree on.Many thanks.

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People get so-called "angry" but express through tweets.Bah!

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Im not sure retiring at 65 is unreasonable. Considering Japanese are famously healthy and long lived, it is probably an advantage for people to keep active into old age, and good for the nation too.

To compare, the OECD average is 64.2 years old, and the UK has a retirement age of 67.

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Only 55% disapprove geez those polls are rigged I dont know anyhow that approves and I know plenty of people...

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Hard to find a balance here. Agree that 65 is more realistic financially for the economy. The real fundamental problem in the economy is being covered up (内緒) here. Womenomics has failed and fake pensions aren’t to be relied on either.

Yes, the baby boomers have too much benefits and power/seniority so I can see the bad side of the policy to extend this holds back the economy and newer/innovative businesses and staff progressing. This could be the biggest underlying issue though?

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Fighto - it's not about a reasonable retirement age @ 65.

This whole fiasco was brought into prominence by the desire to appoint fawning underlings to positions of power after their use by date.

And it has been all hurried up - when far more important issues are at stake - because that use by date is fast approaching.

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wont make any difference as all prosecutors young or old behave exactly the same. Why do you think they have a 99% conviction rate.

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With an ageing population this will become far more the norm. The retirement age is being increased around the world for the same reasons; to reduce the economic burden on pension provision and in recognition that people are not only living longer but in many cases remaining active and healthy longer.

The UK no longer has a retirement age, 67 is merely when you can claim your state pension (and you can defer it to get a larger pension if you wish) the laws were changed so that an employer can no longer require you to retire then, you can go on working if you wish and are able.

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Nettoyo scum are trying to kill free speech in Japan with their threats. Very sad to see.

Compared to Wumaos, they are hillariously bad and unconvincing. I have noticed a persistent presence of them on this site and other social media sites. In the English world, they aren't numerous but persistent.

LDP has learned from China to weaponize a cyberspace brigade.

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There should instead be a qualification exam and certain mental health tests for high-level government officials

Bwahahaa! Imagine the questions on the test!

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Isn't Abe and Aso over 65? Why are they not forced into retirement?

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Retirement should not be a forced issue, but a choice that one can either retire or go on working.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

People aren’t against raising the retirement age.

People are against raising the retirement age for Person A, a prosecutor and Close Friend of Abe who continually sides with, surprise, Abe and Aso.

Abe keeps saying he has no intention of changing anything. This is true, he wants his friends to protect him and his policies. He needs the retirement age to go up because his judicial and prosecutorial friends are getting old.

Abe wants to keep the prosecutor and judges who like him in place so when he is sued for being incompetent, the judges and prosecutor will protect him.

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Nettoyo scum are trying to kill free speech in Japan with their threats. Very sad to see.

Ja, remind me of the German brown shirts , light version.

I have noticed a persistent presence of them on this site and other social media sites. In the English world, they aren't numerous but persistent.

Indeed, and they aren,t usually speakingwisdom much.

Isn't Abe and Aso over 65? Why are they not forced into retirement?

Touche....along with most of the senior LDP deadwood.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Takes Abe more than a month to even put his ridiculous mask efforts into effect

I still haven't received anything. And I've noticed in France, they're now handing out free masks. Why is everything so slow in Japan?

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Above quote from Smith

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The general retirement age should be raised to 70 but only for those who want it.

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"full use of the rich experience and knowledge" of older officials."

While its true they have experience and knowledge, it often comes at the expense of the younger generation advancing. Politically, Japan is controlled by these elderly voters. Ultimately, Japan will have to come to terms with the declining birthrate and the liabilities it has to the retired.

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If the younguns aren't becoming prosecutors then this is to be expected.

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How his fool can be possibly voted to be a PM of a greet nation and remains to be in the office for so long, after disasters after disasters ?

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SmithinJapan

U are awesome! Whatever you say, I agree! LOL!!!!

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Unfortunately, the retirement age in Japan needs to rise for everyone.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Prosecutors in the states are replaced every 3 years.

In Japan being a prosecutor is a live long career.

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The old guard digging in. Not a great look fellas. Guess they thought no one would mind. 4.7 million did. Priorities need to reconsidered by the sounds, are we seeing the beginning of the end for the Abe legacy? Who will step in?

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Another further step deep into authoritarianism,this is frankly becoming preoccupying in many levels.

Only the Japanese people have the power to revert this trend with voting to the right direction before it will be too late.

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If they are so smart why haven't they retired already?

They don't want to be at home with their wives.

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Let's go analyze the data.

4.7 mil tweets criticize Abe plan to raise retirement age for prosecutors

It's a great number of tweets. But if we compare them to the number of votes in the last election. It's not a big deal for Abe either.

LDP: 17,711,862. PDCJ: 7,917,719 Komeito: 6,536,336. DDP: 3,481,053. Ishin: 4,907,844. Communist: 4,483,411. Reiwa Shinsengum: 2,280,764. Social Democratic: 1,046,011. N-Koku: 987,885

This data may give us a slight idea. Of the people who may be against this decision.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

I was watching a British TV show last night, it was all a bout the C19 virus, some one had collated all of the data, from different countries, and the poll was all about the handling on the C19 virus, it asked the countries population, has the government handled the pandemic well? some said xx% had handled it well and some not as well, but Japan was at the bottom of the poll, with the worst in confidence and ability on how they have handled this situation, now Abe san has announced this, his popularity rating must be at an all time low.

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Brian Wheway said "...but Japan was at the bottom of the poll, with the worst in confidence and ability on how they have handled this situation".

Hahaha, the lowest death rate nation as Japan is rated at the worst in confidence and ability ?

What kind of logic is that ?

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For those who haven't read the article and missed the point entirely, the government a number of years ago declared that the retirement age will be increased to 65 by 2025 and over a year ago stated that they intend to eventually extend it past 70.

But that's not the issue here. We're talking about chief prosecutor Kurokawa Hiromu. A very close friend of Abe's. This issue first came up back in Feb when the government "reinterpreted" the law to extend Kurokawa's tenure by 6 months to Aug without debate or even documentation. The opposition caught on to this and demanded proof of when the government changed the law and the government was unable to provide proof of when or how the law had been magically changed. They later said the change had been made verbally thus bypassing any democratic inconvenience.

If Abe want's his friend Kurokawa to stay on past Aug then he needs to magically change the law again. What better time than when people are distracted by deep concern over their own physical and financial welfare.

This government truly is shameless.

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IMO, the retirement age should mostly be up to the individual. I have worked with someone who retired at 53, and with someone who retired at 70. The former was later sorry that he retired so early, and the latter was glad that he worked as long as he did.

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Think I might reinterpret my tax, oops shredded that paper accidentally. These people just need the Forced adulation of underlings with out that they are empty as humans. Just grumpy old men who have no idea how to fill their time without feeling special. I'd feel sorry for them if they weren't screwing the country.

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I retired at 40, have no desire to work. I'm a happy Chappy. I don't understand this lust to work untill death when the world has so many interesting things to enjoy. Think these people are fiscally challenged and bueuracrats mentality challenged. But that just might be my reinterpretation. People need to look out the window more.

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capuchin -

thank you for filling in with the details of the real story I and others alluded to.

That many people are/were not aware of this story means many people must not follow the news so closely - I guess.

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@Akie, This is not me that has made this up, it what was on the BBC and the data had been collated from all over the world, as for the lowest rate of deaths? well I think this is the usual "manipulation" of figures, but the rest of the world can see through the smoke screen.

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Why not a mandatory retirement age for politicians? Other government employees have to retire at 65. Invalid CSRF

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Japan's politicians are busy using the crisis to line up their own pockets. Now it is with the masks, but the vaccine will almost certainly be given to the company which gives the most bribes, whether direct or indirect methods such as amakudari.

Japan having the lowest rates and deaths is laughable. That is only because they are faking the numbers, letting people die in their homes, and making access to testing and treatment impossible. Japan's numbers cannot be compared to other countries as Japan tests hundred times less than other developed nations per capita

https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus-testing

In no other developed country do you need to jump through so many hurdles and have such a low chance receive a test or treatment. In terms of access to testing or treatment, Japan is doing far worth than South East Asian countries such as Vietnam or Malaysia.

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CapuchinToday 08:33 am JST

For those who haven't read the article and missed the point entirely, the government a number of years ago declared that the retirement age will be increased to 65 by 2025 and over a year ago stated that they intend to eventually extend it past 70.

But that's not the issue here. We're talking about chief prosecutor Kurokawa Hiromu. A very close friend of Abe's. This issue first came up back in Feb when the government "reinterpreted" the law to extend Kurokawa's tenure by 6 months to Aug without debate or even documentation. The opposition caught on to this and demanded proof of when the government changed the law and the government was unable to provide proof of when or how the law had been magically changed. They later said the change had been made verbally thus bypassing any democratic inconvenience.

If Abe want's his friend Kurokawa to stay on past Aug then he needs to magically change the law again. What better time than when people are distracted by deep concern over their own physical and financial welfare.

This government truly is shameless.

A very nice summation. How strange that we have to rely on other posters to explain the news on a news site.

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Brian Wheway

Thats nice, and u think that because of the BBC you have a accurate worldview of the whole earth?

If you think Japans handling of the crisis is amongst the worst on earth...wow man, have you not been around! (6 continents here)

But yeah, since u believe yourself, go in peace believing that.

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Can this creep do ANYTHING right?

Invalid CSRF

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@the personiamnow, ok, do you have a link to a web site or something to back up your statement? I am sure your right that other countries are not handling as well as x,y,z.

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TTypical scumbag government move!

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