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Ahhhhhh, here we go again. Prime minsters starts out well, start falling in the polls and than the sharks start circling. I have seen this scenario for the past twenty years of my life here and it never gets comfortable. What people just don't realize is that the system needs to change or nothing concrete is going to get done without a lot of bickering.

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Just give the prime minister a mandatory time that he must serve. And make everyone else, shut up! Keep somebody for a while.

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No surprise, everybody knows Japan Premier's seat is a perishable item.

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I`m not surprised by this at all. This will continue to happen until there is someone thats efficient enough to be Prime Minister. As it is right now, the people thats being put into power are just a bunch of idiots who are thinking about only themselves and not truly thinking about the people. I would not be surprised if Yoshihiko Noda steps down soon.

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I was shocked that anyone likes him in the first place.

To be fair to the public though, what exactly has he done well int he first month? He's almost never on the news, don't hear much about him in the papers unless he's stepping in it...

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ridiculous....give the man a chance!

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A shocking development indeed.

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Let's face it, the PM job in Japan is like a revolving door. No chance of having a popular guy/gal in the job. Unless they go around handing out cash, you will not last in this job. The fact is most that dislikes the PMs have no idea what the PM position encompasses, but will degrade them for how they speak, dress or walk. Get over it Japan and stop being the butt of jokes around the globe.

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Political system in Japan is very weird. I can't understand why they change Prime Minister so often. In the Western, the president stays in power for 4 years. And some say to be effective, it would be good the president stays more (8 years).

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tmarie, it is rather hard for Noda to get much of anything done when the opposition party, won't negotiate or do anything to help the ravaged area of North Eastern Japan. the resignation of his minster for METI, didn't help much either, but as others have said, give the man some time. They have come up with a tax proposal to help pay for the reconstruction, they are pushing TEPCO to be more transparent, and have called them on their business practices, that seems to be something.

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He's been in the job a month and Japan hasn't got DPRK abductees back, and neither secured Dokdo nor the Kurils.

Noda out!

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If the opposition wants him out, why they voted him in in the first place. It sucks to be a PM of Japan, everyone will hate you. Its a farce really.

Last time I saw noda on the new,some old guy was complaining to him that the document he gave was to small to read. Really, politics in Japan = kindergarten

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". . . this will continue to happen until there is someone thats efficient enough to be Prime Minister."

I would argue that this will continue until one of two things happens:

1) The electorate starts to act like adults rather than spoiled children.

2) The laws governing what the Head of State should be are drastically changed to compensate for an elactorate that refuses to stop behaving like spoiled children.

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Soldave,

You forgot the rebuilding of the earthquake-struck areas, the revival of the Japanese economy, and the elimination of US bases in Okinawa. ;-)

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A shockingly unexpected poll result - as everyone on here agrees on. I reckon they should just stop publishing these damn polls so often ( everyone knows how they ,ll turn out anyway and given the lead in questions all they do is create a self -fulfilling prophecy.. FFS..PM gets voted in , he should serve a full term and if people don,t like him -vote him out at election time... Then again I forgot - most of the public would actually have to stop watching mindless TV and bother to vote in a first place on election day ....aaah,,mendokusai ne..

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oh for Pete's sake... give it a minute huh?

also poll was by telephone in a country covered by keitai. Not credible.

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Just the boom has passed. Most Japanese citizens are uninterested in politics. Besides, most media tend to show only negative information about the cabinet, not about important policies. If they don't have attractive characters, it is awfully difficult for the PMs to keep their popularity, regardless of their political policies.

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The PM needs to forget the polls and do the right thing.

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tmarie, it is rather hard for Noda to get much of anything done when the opposition party, won't negotiate or do anything to help the ravaged area of North Eastern Japan

...even though they said that they would cooperate if Kan stepped down. This is what is really hampering the political system - the ability of the opposition to sabotage anything proposed good, bad or otherwise for their own political gain rather than for the good of the country.

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Noda is no different then the other losers who drop in, they come in with ZERO idea of what to do, I mean for christs sake, NO PLAN WHAT SO EVER, where the hell are these idiots living before they get to kick the can.

Surely its not too much to ask that these people have SOME IDEAS at minimium, but no noda steps in & idiots as usual kicks in, I need to time to think about taxes, I will look into blah blah, spit out something about taxes, 2wks later say I meant to start 5yrs form now not next year, etc tect etc.

Mean while the beaurocrates continue to waste & steal form us all, while laughing their a$$es off at ALL the politicians, and we slide ever deeper into the abis.

This process has no end, man I was so wishing 3/11 wud jump start this damned country into some progress but its doign the opposite, the big successful companies are now speeding their exits from these rocks, what a damned shame.

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"yeah I'm free...I'm free falling"

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Mathematically the PM's term should come to end latest by mid-2012, not to mention the impacts of probably unpopular measures ( taxes etc badly needed for funding reconstruction ) that kill support amid unfavorable external economic environment that poses extra challenges. Appreciated YuriOtani's view however, that the PM should neglect these opinion poll speculations and roll up his slevees -- just keep focusing on his action plan and to show to the world what a 'self made man' political leader can do in Japan, may God bless you PM Noda !

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@YuriOtani

The PM needs to forget the polls and do the right thing.

@Nicky Washida

...even though they said that they would cooperate if Kan stepped down. This is what is really hampering the political system - the ability of the opposition to sabotage anything proposed good, bad or otherwise for their own political gain rather than for the good of the country.

Well said, sisters... (^_^)

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There we go.... next one up for a ride in the PM chair?

Although I must say, barely a few weeks into the tour is fast, even for Japan.

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hahaha already time for a new PM?

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alladin

I`m not surprised by this at all. This will continue to happen until there is someone thats efficient enough to be Prime Minister. As it is right now, the people thats being put into power are just a bunch of idiots who are thinking about only themselves and not truly thinking about the people. I would not be surprised if Yoshihiko Noda steps down soon.

It ain't the efficency of the PM. (though they have been largely ineffective useless carbon blobs recently) The problem lies in the way the system is set up so that ANYONE in the job is forced to worry about the polls. You can NOT please all people all of the time. When you try, you end up doing everything half @$$ed and eventually having everyone annoyed or despising you. This is fine though as the real powers are NOT of course the faces we SEE. The real seats of power are occupied by those behind the scene. The rich and powerful who manipulate the media, national policy/laws and the economy to further their own interests. It has always been this way.

Remember, even though you may THINK it, Japan is NOT a democracy and is not run like one. Japan did not earn its democracy but instead inherited it. The old ways still persevere and the people will likely NEVER rise to demand change because they never really have.

I hope I will be proven wrong but with the general total lack of concern I see in young people today about their homelands future, their total lack of understanding of the political system and their total disregard for anything but television, horrible music. designer fashion, obsession with gourmet food, I feel there is little chance for revolution...

It is the only thing at this point that will change a thing. Otherwise we continue down the spiral....

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The thing people in democracies all around the world seem to be forgetting is that a representative democracy is just that -- representative. The person given a mandate to lead isn't there to do exactly what you want, but rather is given the trust to do what is right or what is necessary on your behalf, whether you may personally agree with it or not.

Anyone who doesn't step into the Prime Minister's shoes with a ready-to-go plan to shut down every nuclear reactor in Japan by tomorrow noon, even though to do such a thing would cripple Japan economically in ways even the most ardent cynic couldn't comprehend, hasn't got a snowball's chance in hell in the current Japanese political climate.

Of course, the problem that's been ever apparent in Japan is that the leadership class (that's essentially what it is, to be honest) lacks any real leadership ability, much less the political, economic, and social acumen to implement those policies that will best benefit the nation.

A nation of the political ignorant led by a cadre of the politically inept. It's g*ddamned circus.

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Half of Japan wants a clown and entertainer that appeals to the media so that they can rave on about Noda-manjus or whatever product they're trying to plug on TV, like they did with Koizumi. Koizumi was a clown and entertainer and got very little done policy-wise, but the media loved him so the people loved him. Noda is much too boring and serious for that, hence he is unappealing to the media, and he gets less air time. Less air time translates to "he's not doing anything" to the ignorant and the roughnecks who don't bother to really follow alternative media and educate themselves on what he's really trying to get accomplished. The truth is, we need someone who doesn't give a tihs about what the media or opposition party think and do what is right for the people. Noda seems to be on the right track so far.

The other half think that just because we've got a new PM, there is going to be instant change. The reality is no one is going to turn Japan around in a month or even a year (the time Japanese are giving the PMs to make a change or get booted out of office.) It took nearly 20 years for the LDP run this country into the ground, does anyone honestly think that a month is enough to get us back on course??!

I think Noda has outlined a pretty good game plan so far, and he's getting tough with TEPCO, which is what needs to happen. Now he needs to come with a plan to re-stimulate the economy. He seems to have the right people behind him so let's see what he does, and let's not put a 1 year expiration date like what we have been doing so far.

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What a farce, their as bad as each other the electorate and the 'politicians' what a bunch of fickle fiends. Did they expect the sun to rise without ANY darkness? Of course taxes are gonna have to go up. Of course it's gonna be a slog. Jezus. Edano laffing yesterday at the account of the mother in Fukushima sums it up really, no one cares but for themselves.

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Agree with crustpunker ..

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Maybe the PM's aren't ever really intended to be leaders in the first place? Maybe, in general Japanese politicians are incapable of being strong decisive leaders due to the "culture" I mean, a leader has to make tough decisions that will certainly anger people at times. I would argue that the VERY premise of doing this kind of thing is largely inconceivable for most politicans with all their vested interests and shadow dealings. It is IMPOSSIBLE in the current climate for Japan to HAVE a leader until the people make it known that they want one and that they desire transparency/change. Again, this attitude has largely not been displayed and even when it is it is ignored by the media and fizzles out in the blink of an eye. Look, at thsi point it matters very little which party is in control. They all dance to the same tune more or less and individually have zero ability to be free from the bondage of the ties that bind them.

as LFRAgain sez- "A nation of the political ignorant led by a cadre of the politically inept. It's g*ddamned circus."

Well said indeed. Problem is, a circus is good for laughs and a fine time. This is ceasing to be funny at all anymore. I'm glad people have faith that there still may be a chance that Noda will do a good job but I really doubt it. There is no precedence for it at all. He will fade into obscurity and be replaced by another talking easter island head.

There needs to be sweeping, dramatic and revolutionary change. The young people of Japan need to be educated and shown that their futures are being manhandled by those with only selfish and immediate goals. The visual nature of humans leads us to ignore or at least not care about problems that we cannot see visually. There needs to be a way for the people to SEE what is happening to them in detail, not in soundytes, forgetable blurbs in the press and other snippets....

a true leader is never going to emerge from the kennel of wild dogs that is the majority of both major parties.

I still hope I am wrong

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I like Endo

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@crustpunker

Remember, even though you may THINK it, Japan is NOT a democracy and is not run like one. Japan did not earn its democracy but instead inherited it. The old ways still persevere and the people will likely NEVER rise to demand change because they never really have.

I hope I will be proven wrong but with the general total lack of concern I see in young people today about their homelands future, their total lack of understanding of the political system and their total disregard for anything but television, horrible music. designer fashion, obsession with gourmet food, I feel there is little chance for revolution...

Excellent post, crustpunker. the truth hurts more than anything....Japan is a 1st. world nation that acts and behaves like a 3rd. It's so disgusting and shameful!

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Is this the same Nodq govt that like to laugh in parliament when people complain schools force children to eat potentially radioactive food? Yes, he forgot that he was a public servent. He seems to think public opinion is irrelevant http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq4JG9ULVNE

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Noda's "I was PM of Japan!" photo has been taken, and the T-shirt likely already mass produced and they just spray in the name of the month, so it's time to go, I guess.

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Japan did not inherit this system, it was bolted onto them.

@It'sMe. The testimony of this law make, is that enough for YOU?

It is HAPPENING.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq4JG9ULVNE&feature=player_embedded#!

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@it's me

It's not my job to educate or provide you with anything. If you bother to read he links the other guy posted, you can find the answers you claim you want. Further it is necessary to establish hey forced kids to it. The fact they sold contaminated food to kanagawa and other places is well documented. It's called negligence. This isn't about beef, raged hey discussed milk and mushrooms. And if you believe schools in Japan no longer serve beef than you're wrong. They still do. Stop shouting.

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YongYang.

But some odd school in fukushima is not ALL of Japan, all I hear is about peer-pressure.

Still no evidence of physical force which is a strong term and means that people are "physically" forced to consume said stuff.

Now if people got their balls in order there is NO way they can be forced to do anything besides being tied down, etc.

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beangry.

Wrong, you make a statement and need to be able to back it up with verifiable data. None so far forecoming. No milk or mushrooms were mentioned(read back). And that was posted by Yongyang and not you.

Like I said show me data to proof me wrong till than .... hot air.

I want facts and data I can take to my ward and the local politicians. And, pls, show me how my wards hasn't served beef in months, pretty please.

I got a kid in the local school-system and if you make a claim you need to back it up with data that will stand up in a court.

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Look, see the info and evaluate it for yourself. They dont even need to establish it was forced on them. Serving it in the schools, if it's got radiation, is in itself prima facie to support a claim of criminal negligence, which is part of what is going on. The childen are not in a position to refuse, which any psychologist would point out. Ridicule, peer pressure and ostracism might not matter to yiu, but to a 6 or 10 year old in a society that uses this as a form of punishment is by definition coercion. The plaintiff says the children have cesium in them, and if you think the food the kids eat is unrelated, what do I care?

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Beangry,

I didn't see Noda laughing anywhere in that video you posted. Blaming him personally while ascribing attitudes and policy stances based on ministers Fujimura and Adano laughing in a very short YouTube clip isn't particularly compelling.

"Further it is necessary to establish they forced kids to it."

Yes, that's right. It is. And that hasn't been accomplished yet. Ms. Akira Matsu read a letter to the Diet composed by a woman living 200km from the Fukushima reactor who provided and anecdote that has been neither confirmed nor denied. Hearsay at this point. I'm not saying she's lying, but a letter does not constitute actionable evidence in this situation.

"It's not my job to educate or provide you with anything."

Well, actually, you took it upon yourself to post an incriminating 1:30 video clip of what was actually a much longer exchange between Ms. Matsu and the members of Noda's cabinet, then followed up with a direct accusations that the government is indeed implicit in somehow forcing school children to consume irradiated milk.

No, it may not be your "job,", but it certainly is your responsibility to provide more evidence than simply posting a YouTube clip and washing your hands of any questions raised.

Defend your position, sir. Refusing to do so makes your argument specious at best, and libel at worst.

It bears noting that in the longer 34-minute clip of the same exchange located in the YouTube sidebar, Mr. Noda appears to be listening very intently throughout, and as the camera pans across the gallery to the opposite side of the Diet where opposition party members are seated, you can see two members of Ms. Matsu's own party having a laugh themselves. Context is everything.

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beangry.

Yeah, sure. Like I said fukushima is not all of Japan neither is katrina(similar) all of the USA. Get your ducks in a row.

Contrary to your belief us guys and gals actually living in japan and raising kids are way better informed than you are. We know the system and what it stands for.

The media don't give all the info that us locals and involved people have. Which you would know if you had a kid in a local school, etc.

what do I care?

Very little besides posting here as you & others fail to verify actual data that is readily available to anyone that lives here. And thus make a mole-hill into MT Everest.

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@bluewitch-

Thank you. What saddens me is that there IS so much potential for Japan to BE a great nation. The waste of human creativity and promise is almost criminal. The standard practice of cruel subjugation of the individual and the consequens/public shaming that are the "reward" for vocalizing dissent assures that the people live in servitude and are powerless to bring meaningful change to their lives.

The common people will not rise from their mostly servile existence because it is too risky for them to lose all their "comforts". The media does not report on news in a way that would serve to incite discontent because of all their sponsors.

Satoshi Kamata, in an excellent interview given to the Japan times addressed this:

"What do you think of the media in Japan, and how do you see it in the future?"

"Young people don't read Japanese national newspapers because they are not interesting. Instead of reading papers, they get information from the Internet. But it's not just information they need, it's also analysis, explanations and criticism of the information. One issue is whether the news online fulfils those roles.

The appeal of print journalism has been declining because the major media have forsaken criticism in their news coverage. To maintain their advertising incomes, they have abandoned any criticism of big corporations.

Yet, whether it's print or online or whatever, I believe every writer in the media is a journalist, because their ideas are the basis of anything they write. So, what kind of society do they want to create by writing the stories they do?" -ENDS

to me, it seems to be that the "society they (journalists) want to create" is the one they are TOLD to create by their advertisers, a world of slumber where the dull march on. If the earthquake/tsunami and more importantly, the subsuquent after effects aren't enough to wake people up, the question now on my mind is what in god's name WILL IT TAKE?!??!??!!!!!!!

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another good analysis of how the Japanese press CHOOSE to not see the forest for the trees. This time concerning the coverage (or total lack thereof) of the Tokyo demo protesting nuke plants.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fd20111002pb.html

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@LFR

I asked if this was the "Noda govt" was laughing. If it wasn't then great, you answered the question I asked. There is no "libel" whatosever. It seemed to me Edano and Noda were there, but don't misrepresent my writing. Dont even start that nonsense.

It's an established fact that some schools have served contaminated food in places like Tokyo, as was reported by the press at the time. Look it up. Don't want to? That's your problem. But that doesn't mean it never happened. As to the claims in question, I make no accusation of guilt but rather told the person interested to look at the links WeedKilla posted in a different thread, which discussed milk and mushrooms. Seems you are getting confused by entering a conversation that had nothing to do with you. Responsibility? Yes we do have those. Start by accurately restating what I wrote, not making hysterical false accusations and accusing me of criminal behaviour. That's irresponsible on your part.

@it's me I misread who your other comment was directed at, and you have my apology for that. Now you will have to deal with the fact that schools have local jurisdiction, and the menus differ. Just because your ward doesn't serve beef, doesnt mean other schools follow it. I've personally eaten beef in schools during the time frame mentioned.

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Btw, itsme

I live in Japan and deal with the issues, I didn't just read some blog. Heck I've been here for years, so please stop making assumptions. We all know he ppolitics here is rubbish, and the prime ministers change all the time. But unlike you j demand my civil rights. Ie. the right to vote. Nobody asked me if Noda should serve, but I pay taxes too.

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But unlike you j demand my civil rights. Ie. the right to vote.

Pure assumption and an ad-homimem. I also fight for foreigners to have voting rights in local elections, and more. National elections, etc should only reserved for citizens though.

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Neither do I consider myself a newcomer here after 15yrs.

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@it's me. If you can read and write Japanese... the web awaits you. This is happening at odd and normal schools alike.

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It"S ME: "Nationaal elections, etc should only reserved for citizens though."

No wonder! If foreigners had the right to vote these clowns would be out and responsible people might be put into office. Can't have that!

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Beangry,

"Seems you are getting confused by entering a conversation that had nothing to do with you."

Do you have private chatroom going on here at JT that no one else is aware of? I've been following exactly what everyone else has been following here. And if you post in a public forum, then you'd better be prepared for anyone to respond to one or all of your posts -- particularly when they are designed specifically to incite.

Regarding "that nonsense," you want accuracy? Here you go, and I quote:

"Is this the same Nodq govt that like to laugh in parliament when people complain schools force children to eat potentially radioactive food? Yes, he forgot that he was a public servent. He seems to think public opinion is irrelevant"

Who's this "he" you referance not once, but twice, if not Noda? You suddenly jump from a question to assumptions about Noda's intentions and commitment in the very same paragraph. Don't get upset with me for simply responding to what YOU wrote.

And if this isn't the impression you meant to leave, then perhaps you should brush up on your communication skills and learn to say precisely what you mean, rather than letting the meaning be muddied by your efforts to appear hip and politically saavy with a drive-by posting of a YouTube snippet .

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I don't believe if all foreigners had the right to vote that it would change much in elections since they are only about 1.5% of the pop and not all would even bother to vote?

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zichi; You are of course correct, however the usual right wingers have banged on endlessly about how it would damage the security of Japan.

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Smith.

The same rule applies in many countries. Since I am not a citizen(but a PR holder) why should I have a say in national matters, but local matters and administrations and affairs that affect me and my loved ones I should have a say(I do pay taxes to the local ward, etc).

Zichi also has a point doubt that foreigners would have a major impact.

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Probably in the next couple of years, foreigners living in Kobe City will be given local voting rights. Out of a city pop of about 1 million, I think about 45,000 are foreigners, mostly Korean/Chinese/Indian/others.

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Back on topic please.

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Readers, please keep the discussion civil.

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"Blaming him personally while ascribing attitudes and policy stances based on ministers Fujimura and Adano laughing in a very short YouTube clip isn't particularly compelling". Except I never blamed Noda as an individual in my post, you are misrepresenting what I wrote."

"Is this the same Nodq govt that like to laugh in parliament when people complain schools force children to eat potentially radioactive food?" First that is a question, not an accusation. Second, by saying "Nod[a] govt that like to laugh in parliament" is not referring to Noda as a specific person (my emphasis on "like"). In British English, unlike American, it is permissible to refer to an entity or group in the plural, which is what I did when used the verb "like" without an "s", never ever intending for it to mean Noda was in the video laughing himself (is he?). It is well understood that the "govt" refer to more than one person, ie. those that serve under him, but could include him as head. Lastly on that other part: "when people complain schools force children to eat potentially radioactive food?"

I made no accusations. I wrote that people complain schools force children to eat, something you can see being done in the video by the woman making the speech. If you want more evidence I suggest you ask her, not me.

As to the next clause you added the bold letters, not I. And that clause refers to other comments that Noda as an individual was quoted in newspapers for (unrelated to the sentence before it); he presented himslef as a strong politician who could disregard public opinion in a news article I read. Saying you can ignore public opinion in undemocratic, something which is a common tendency these PM's do and a factor in their low ratings.

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His popularity has gone down? He should promise to resign immediately. How long can the Japanese people up with this!

Man, if this guy resigns, Obama will probably just ask if he can Skype with the next guy instead of a formal visit.

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Japan, stop doing these sort of polls, or at least limit them to once a year. They're good for nothing. No prime minister / president can accomplish anything in 6 / 12 / 18 months. Let them stay for at least 4 years. With such polls things just get worse over a beer in the local isakaya.

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And forum, stop fighting with each other. It's said to see the same people people picking on each other like pupils.

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Meanwhile Noato Kan has resumed his pilgrimage which he started in 2004 to 88 Buddhist temples, with a visit to temples on Shikoku. He is praying for the restoration and recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, prayers for the souls of the victims, and recovery from the nuclear crisis. Will he now be more affective out of office and in prayer than when he was in office and no time for prayer?

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I stopped trying to keep track of who was the PM long ago. The PM is not a great daimyo. He's just a man. Even leaders with the "best-laid" plan in a country not in crisis have their agendas ruined due to opposing forces and unforeseen events. The people have the right to speak and voice their concerns and fears, especially n.o.w., but government officials should stop this revolving door tradition whenever something comes up. They need to be there long enough to listen, act, and follow-up, imho.

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IIRC, when he was appointed PM it was a surprise because everyone expected the choice to be made from a different group of candidates. So technically he hasn't had a high approval rating from the beginning.

That said, Japan's addiction to monthly polls will be it's downfall. You can't poll the populace on how the leader is doing only a month after they have moved in. Give him/her six months, at least, before you start getting the public's opinion. The leader hasn't even had a chance to put out their policy plan and start to get legislators on-board with it!

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You could put the Softbank otoosan into the Japanese PM, s chair and he would last longer than most of them.. It really doesn't seem to make much difference who is in it anymore..

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Political apathy and ignorance among Japanese voters are pathetic.

Japanese voters want to own a quick fix , but do not want to own the process.

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Yoda says, " things if don't change Noda will exhile back to Degaba System ! "

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The Prime Ministers roll is starting to look like the Emperor of Japans roll. Come out into the public to wave, smile and look good while not doing much at all for the people. Infact, the Emperors roll is much better than the Prime Ministers roll, at least he is not ripping off the people like the government officials thats in office today. 6 Prime minsters in 6 years!! Come on now, lets face the facts, Japan just does not know how to conduct themselves and run a fully functional government. First of all, they dont even let their own people vote for who will be the next Prime Minister. They have to vote for people who will choose the next one to take the seat of Prime Minister. I bet if Japan was to let the people vote themselves on who they truly want as Prime Minister, Noda would not have a chance at all. There are so many things going on in Japan that the Japanese government is not telling their people and in which is creating a total disaster for everyone thats in the country. Soon there will be a 7th Prime Minister in Office. I would not doubt that it will happen buy the end of this year.

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GO HOME....Mr Noda!! For the sake of your party and your country you have got to go! You are never being respected by anyone not even in your party! You are just a shadow of Mr Kan which was a laugh stock in Japanese politics!

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GO HOME....Mr Noda!! For the sake of your party and your country you have got to go!

just-a-guy, so far he is doing great in my opinion. You are not telling here why he has to go (reasoning)? Why so? Because he is a pro-US?

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We used to have a gang of blue blooded MPs who were ousted after a few months each in office. Now, we have got a MP with 'self-made man' background who apparently does not really secure popularity neither ! A popular revolution seems to be the only way out ? ! By whom ? ( Have to admit that Japanese general public remains extremely indifferent towards the political class )..

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The pollsters should give the guy a break. He just got into the office. He cannot snap his fingers and everything will be fixed.

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