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Noda vows to tackle debt, calls for end to indecisive politics

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How can the opposition complain about raising the sales tax to help bridge the revenue shortfall. It was their party that caused the mountain of debt that exists today. This debt is a massive burden due to the astronomical interest payments that have to be paid.... Therefore the government has to raise more revenue mainly due to the oppositions childish and immature overspending (i.e. borrowing) when they were in power.

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The Japanese politics is too 'amusing' and very entertaining. I hope their deadlock and infighting keep going, bring it on and will further bringing the nation to a 'higher amusing level'! Good for the world!

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For Japan to truly experience a 'rebirth' all of these old codgers in politics would have to go, period. Until then it's just a 'rebirth' of the same old crap.

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I smell a new PM coming very soon! That will be No.16 in as many years. An end to indecisive politics in Japan? Funny stuff!

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Yeah good luck with that....Unfortunately Noda,s promises about cutting waste and reducing nuclear power are sounding a bit empty after the backflips and non action on precisely these issues he performed over the last couple of months...anyhow he only has a few months left by the looks of things

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Noda also promised to reduce the country’s reliance on nuclear power over time and reiterated plans to devise a new energy policy by the summer.

Only last the Noda government decided nuclear power companies could apply for a 20-year extension on their reactors after their current 40-year lifespan ends.

When a party wants to elected a new leader/PM as with Kan and Noda there should be a general election especially when the same government has forgotten it's campaign promises.

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Noda calls for end to indecisive politics

...indicates inclination towards creating discussion group charged with considering whether to do so."

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Noda calls for end to indecisive politics

Then again, maybe not.

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Noda...calls for end to indecisive politics

Voters call for end to Noda administration!

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Forced retirement at age 60, and rehired at minimum wage for them as pagers.

Then sell all European bonds, and pay down the debt.

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Is this call for an end to indecisive politics the first decision he's made? I think it is: or maybe not. I can't decide.

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Come on Noda call out that SOB tanigaki & roast him & the ldp for all to see!

Then CUT all ministries budgets by 15%(20% to foreign & construction ministries!), there is tons of amakuari, KB, slush funds, buried frigging treasure as they call it EVERYWHERE!

Use the above saving to pay down debt, help Tohoku.

And get the damned consumption tax increased PRONTO, & account for every friggin YEN to show its going to Tohoku & pensions etc(if you do this I might even join the pension system), anyone who tries to pilfer gets publically FIRED!

There you go, there is Japans NEW START, now stop pussy footing around!

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Cut spending already!

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Well said GW!

I am no fan of Noda but the revolving door has got to stop if Japan wants to deal with the problems. The opposition needs to shut the hell up as they are the cause of all of this. Rein in the spending, the slush funds, the bribing and start looking at things like women's rights in this country. The happier the women, the more economic independence they have, the more kids they'll have and more people to pay for my retirement in another 30 years! Get cracking!!

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LDP=republicans. The party of no and nothing to show for themselves. Whatever will be proposed, they will be against it.

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Note to PM Noda:Start planning an extended vacation around sept/oct.

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The social programs need to be pared to bare bones and many other foolish wastefulness must be eliminated before ANY TAX INCREASE OF ANY KIND.

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LOL. Never going to happen -- unless all out economic failure hits Japan. Japanese politicians are simply not capable to being decisive. The only reason there is any semblence of a working government is because the U.S. imposed a constitution on them. Just look at the picture of the day to see why. It's 2011 for pity sake, and there is not a single woman in that section of the Diet. Thinking that meaningful change will happen there is simply wishful thinking.

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Correction -- there is ONE woman in the shot. Wow.

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It’s impossible for young people to believe that things will get better tomorrow in a society where debts resting on future generations continue growing, Noda said. There’s no time to put this off any longer.

You said it Noda. Good luck going through with all that, I'll remain skeptical and bitter towards Japanese government until I see some actual follow-through.

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Give the Emperor political power in the Diet! Make his vote count for at least 10. Tightly regulate it so the Emperor remains politically neutral so he votes based on what he thinks is best for the country and he only votes rarely.

That will end at least some of the indecisive politics.

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I actually believe Noda is the best Prime Minister we have had since Koizumi. He is not the decisive leader that Koizumi was but he is nicer, and have done much more than I expected out of him.

J politics is ugly and inefficient just like any other country but I hope Noda will stay long, at least until the end of his term.

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just like any other country Actually, love them or hate them, some countries have decent governments. Canada's Harper, while hated by many, is doing a damn good job.

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Agree with you tmarie - as bad as the pollies in my own country are - they pale in comparison to the inefficient and inept fossil brigade that most of the Jpoliticians belong to. As for Noda - I had some hope for him at the beginning but his recent decisions indicate that sadly he is in the pocket of big business and bureaucrats much more that Kan was .....to the detriment of the little people.

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@tmaie,

That might be true .but I'm sure millions of Canadians disagree with you. Besides, PM is only one person, I have no doubt there are politicians in Canada who mainly cater to special interest groups, focus on partisian battles more than what's best for the country. Career politicians do that anywhere. That's what I mean by ugly and inefficient politics.

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Actually most Canadians are looking at other countries right now and are sitting comfortably. Many don't like Harper and his government but he's got a majority vote, has won reelection and as it is, Canada has probably come out the best of the economic issues. Indeed there are people that you speak of but they don't last very long as the pubic gets rid of them. Shame Japan just lets the family torch be passed down and around. People deserve the government they have. If Japan wants a decent government, they need to start holding them accountable rather than the "shoganai" attitude that is so prevalent here.

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The U.S. is in a very similar situation with the so called "Baby Boomer" generation,those born between 1946 and 1964 having to retire early do to no employment prospects.I feel somehow that the very rich think that they are already paying a lot more in to the Social Security Fund than the middle class and lower class combined? So to get even and not have a surcharge added onto their greatest ability to consume they are forcing congress to use SS and Government retirement Funds for the day to day operation of the country.I wish Prime minister Noda luck in his compassion for taking care of the Elderly in Japan.This is something that is lacking in the U.S. Thank You

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