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Kishida appoints eldest son as his executive secretary

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Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said at a press conference that the appointment of Shotaro Kishida, 31, was decided based on "the person's personality and insight" and "the idea of putting the right person in the right place."

Undoubtedly, nobody in DaiNippon can executive secretary like Shotaro.

Nepotism has a way of overcoming notions of democracy and meritocracy.

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The political class is so out of touch with reality, they don't even realize how actions like this appear to normal people.

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Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said at a press conference that the appointment of Shotaro Kishida, 31, was decided based on "the person's personality and insight" and "the idea of putting the right person in the right place."

Matsuno also claimed there was nothing improper about there being only one bidder to organize Abe’s deification ceremony.

Corrupt, lying schmucks.

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was decided based on "the person's personality and insight" and "the idea of putting the right person in the right place

Otherwise known as nepotism.

Purblind politicians, out of touch with their electorate and knowing it matters not a jot as they will get re-elected regardless.

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Isn't it too much for his son with virtually no experience? The position is far from that of an intern. And have they done a clearance check about the link to the cult? :)

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This is what we called shooting themselves in the foot. His recent suicidal political moves worried me. First it was the Abe funeral fiasco and now this.

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Next PM after daddy retires?

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Of course a father must know who has the best personality and insight to be his executive secretary. Besides, Fumio Kishida has known his eldest son Shotaro for thirty-one years and, obviously, Shotaro's good qualities

are overwhelming. His father should know. Should he not?

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Hundreds of candidates to choose from. I doubt if his son was the most qualified. Nepotism at its finest.

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The politicos in Japan haven’t a clue about the real world.

Nepotism, while not a crime might be associated with fraud.

How so?

Well, the best candidate for the job is unknown since no other interviews were set.

In business, bid rigging is an offense.

This certainly has the same feel to it.

At the very least by not having a clear and open process then fraud seems to be appropriate.

Kishida should be put up in charges for defrauding the Japanese taxpayers!

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You are overdoing a little bit. This one case is still within normal probability ranges. Think it yourself, with so many secretary posts given anywhere, there is of course a probability that it is also given to a family member. You would be right complaining if many , the majority or all such posts would be given only to family members. And btw. yo7 also wouldn’t complain if the son of a doctor becomes a doctor too in the same hospital and later take it over, and the same for many other professions or workplaces or company leaders. So I would recommend to calm down a bit and not to overestimate it so much.

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Kichi Kun, why the nepotism??..

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Kishi.. lol !!..

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Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said at a press conference that the appointment of Shotaro Kishida, 31, was decided based on "the person's personality and insight" and "the idea of putting the right person in the right place."

Wow..just shows nothing has changed here since the daimyo days. Shameless nepotism and privilage bestowing by the LDP blue bloods is ever on display.

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Maybe because his son is the only one he can trust amidst all the back-stabbers?

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Since Abe regime, Nepotism continues to contaminate politics and even destroy democracy in Japan.

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Wow..just shows nothing has changed here since the daimyo days. Shameless nepotism and privilage bestowing by the LDP blue bloods is ever on display.

And Kishida just doesn't care. He doesn't even try to hide his nepotism. It's just right there in our faces. And its like "Yeah. And what are you going to do about it?"

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Sven AsaiToday  10:34 am JST

You are overdoing a little bit. This one case is still within normal probability ranges. Think it yourself, with so many secretary posts given anywhere, there is of course a probability that it is also given to a family member.

It's pretty much standard practice in the LDP.

And btw. yo7 also wouldn’t complain if the son of a doctor becomes a doctor too in the same hospital and later take it over...

Totally false equivalency. The doctor's son in that case would also be a fully trained and qualified doctor. Politicians and their secretaries need no such qualifications.

.. and the same for many other professions or workplaces or company leaders.

I probably would complain actually.

So I would recommend to calm down a bit and not to overestimate it so much.

This isn't a small family business. It's institutionalised nepotism paid for with our taxes, and I bet leading politicians' secretaries don't come cheap. We'll respond whichever way we like.

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Did not know it was legal to hire family members into political positions in Japan.

Even if legal, it should not be done.

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Probably one of Japan's worst PM ever.

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@Jind

Did not know it was legal to hire family members into political positions in Japan.

Even if legal, it should not be done.

I take you are new to the party?

Guess how Kishida Fumio (current PM) got his first job in politics and who gave it to him?

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%B2%B8%E7%94%B0%E6%96%87%E9%9B%84

1987年、長銀を退行して父・衆議院議員岸田文武の秘書となる。

Daddy (and parliamentary representative) Fumitake got junior (Fumio) to be his secretary back in 1987 and the rest is history as they say.

I recall a news piece last year for the election. Around 12.5% of candidates were "blue bloods" (131 out of 1,051 candidates) with unsurprisingly the LDP rolling out the most of them (99 out of 131).

https://www.jiji.com/jc/article?k=2021101901402&g=pol

Democracy in Japan is nothing but cheap make-up trying to hide what is essentially a feudal society.

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Democracy in Japan is nothing but cheap make-up trying to hide what is essentially a feudal society.

Hit the nail on the head! Well said blue! As usual.

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Jind..

Did not know it was legal to hire family members into political positions in Japan.

Legal? Not only is it legal it is actually the norm. Japan is still very much a feudal system, especially in the countryside.

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I criticized Trump for nepotism, and now do the same for Kishida. It may work well in autocratic systems where you trust nobody but family. But in democracies it is a very bad look. Trump should not have gotten away with it during his failed presidency and Kishida should reverse this decision as soon as possible. He probably wont and it will forever stain his term as leader.

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I was wondering if there was a Japanese word for nepotism ?

Google suggests.... 縁故主義

DeepL suggests: ネオティズム

Yandex translate (gives the same as google).

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I was wondering if there was a Japanese word for nepotism ?

縁故主義 (enko shugi)

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Seems that it's a long standing tradition:

https://www.tokyoweekender.com/2021/10/frankly-nepotism-is-built-into-the-japanese-political-system/

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2003/10/25/national/diet-nepotism-birthright-of-passage/

Hard to be sure, since given the misinformation seeded by external parties, one can never be sure of what one reads from a single source these days.

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@JTC

Thanks for the (tokyoweekender) link, pretty complete and accurate (not mentioning depressing) piece about the issue.

On my side...

I recall a news piece last year for the election. Around 12.5% of candidates were "blue bloods" (131 out of 1,051 candidates) with unsurprisingly the LDP rolling out the most of them (99 out of 131).

...last year's piece did talk about how many blue bloods were running for office but also mention that quite a few did ultimately not manage to get into office during that election.

The piece unfortunately did not get into more details about that part.

I would have loved to know who, where and why some blue bloods were rejected. Was this contextual (e.g. scandals in the family or around the candidates themselves), better opposition candidates (or possibly heavyweights) running in the constituency or some "trend".

I would this to become a trend, especially seeing how much what was up-to-now just run-of-the-mil nepotism suddenly became an issue with Kishida's son now. (Not holding my breath though.)

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I just recalled something on the koenkai-part of the article.

Abe left behind him a group of support funds for his political activities of around 400 Mio JPY! The news did pop up (albeit for a limited time) and hinted that some of the LDP-oyajis who were "friend" to Abe were hovering like flies around his widow.

This article from 9/28 touches on it...

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/556d9b1a54b9d161176154c15b017c12487825dc

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■少なくとも4億1574万円の繰越金が…

 政治家の政治資金は、政治団体の収支報告書で確認できる。安倍氏の政治団体は、政党支部を含めて6つ。資金管理団体である「晋和会」のほか、「東京政経研究会」、「山口晋友会」、「自由民主党山口県第4選挙区支部」、「安倍晋三後援会」、「山口政経研究会」だ。

 総務省や山口県が昨年11月に定期公表した各団体の収支報告書の繰越額を見ると、「晋和会」は約4495万円、「東京政経研究会」は1億9708万円、「山口晋友会」は9000円、「自由民主党山口県第4選挙区支部」は1億7298万円、「安倍晋三後援会」は38万円、「山口政経研究会」は34万円となっていた。

 つまり、これらの収支報告書が提出された昨年5月時点では、少なくとも計4億1574万円の繰越金があったわけで、その後の収支は分からないとはいえ、今も同規模程度のカネが蓄えられていたとしても不思議ではないだろう。

...Essentially 415 Mio JPY seem to be still floating around. Would love to know more about where the money came from ("support groups (後援会)" really?)

Due to the recent vote-buying scandals we know how much the LDP likes to provide money for (ahem) local support activities to their boyz but also their offspring.

It is difficult to picture the bigwigs spend their own money to launch their offspring's career if they can have the party or J-gov (for the latter, don't forget the scandal around the Chief Cabinet Secretary (官房長官) presiding over a slush fund with zero accountability which blew up last decade under Abe / Suga) pay for it.

I would love to see some serious investigative journalism digging into that and see how much of what is nothing less than public money subsidizes this whole scam for both the current generation and the future generation of (ahem) "leaders".

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Oh good……..

I guess he has three sons?

It’s just a matter of time till he finds two more fake positions for his other useless sons.

Where’d they find this fool, Kishida anyways?

Might as well find a position for his cousins and pets as well, what’s the difference?

Have them all embezzle tax money together, for a faster haul.

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