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Cabinet minister draws fire for saying gov't won't listen to opposition

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"Listening only to the voices of the ruling parties is dictatorship by intimidation," Osaka said.

That's a good assessment of Japanese politics.

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This ministerial position for revitalisation, has anyone got one example of it being involved in a positive outcome for more than 10 people?

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Daishiro Yamagiwa, minister in charge of economic revitalization:

We will not listen to any of these scurrilous suggestions by the opposition that subsidies to oil companies, subsiding electric power suppliers with the consumers' tax money to provide electric conservation "points ", and even more subsidies to hotel owners and recruiting companies are not the golden road to a New Capitalism™!!! My plan for economic revitalization is the law!!

Let no opposition question that giving the taxes of economically stressed taxpayers to companies is not the road to economic freedom

He didn't apologize, and his comments were "misleading" in the sense they are exactly what the LDP intends.

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He didn't apologize, and his comments were "misleading" in the sense they are exactly what the LDP intends.

Yes, any apology was to his bosses for explicitly stating the actual position of the party where they could be heard.

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An honest politician. How refreshing.

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Comedy gold. Once in a while the mask slips and the LDP's contempt for democracy is revealed.

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Ha ha ha couldn't stop laughing when I read that headline, out of the mouth of a minister ha ha ha

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They never have, but it’s rude to actually say so!

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Whoops, said the quiet part out loud. No steak and kyabakura for you this week.

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Cabinet minister draws fire for saying gov't won't listen to opposition

Should read....

Cabinet minister draws fire for stating the obvious.

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LDP Foot in mouth disease

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Is japan at the level of american politics yet where one refuses to negotiate, calls the other deep state and communists, and refuses to prosecute the former president because he is on THEIR team?

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Yamagiwa is a victim of the echo chamber he choose to live in, when everybody you talk with considers positive and desirable to ignore the opposition there is a huge risk of forgetting common people consider this something negative.

A painful lesson for him but at least now the people got a glimpse of what the politicians actually think but usually don't say.

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"Listening only to the voices of the ruling parties is dictatorship by intimidation," Osaka said.

Well, no, that is actually democracy basically.

Majority rules.

That is why it is critical that government power be restricted, so that each of us retains a very high degree of liberty over our own individual affairs.

We should only resort to democracy in limited circumstances, for this reason.

Sadly western democracies have been resorting to democracy far more than they should.

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"The government will not listen to what the opposition says at all."

At least an honest politician! He gets my vote! (#sarcasm)

Oh yeah, not sure if the NHK party election poster is a Chiba pref. limited edition but so much honesty is refreshing.

https://gogotamu2019.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-35921.html

Text on the poster:

「私の当選は無理です。しかしあなたの一票で約250円、選挙区と比例区の2票で約500円の政党助成金がNHK党に交付されます」

translation:

No way we win. BUT, a political party subsidy of around 250 yen for one vote and around 500 yen for the two votes in both the constituency and the proportional districts will be given to the NHK party.

I'm pretty sure that never ever (or only very rarely) in J-politics was a political party so honest about as to why they got into politics in the first place. (#sarcasm (again) )

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A politician who says what he thinks? That's a bolt out of the blue!

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Got criticized for spitting the truth. Amazing that the other parties even jumped on the dog pile sensing a chance for LDP clout

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