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Seven-time Olympian, pioneer woman lawmaker Hashimoto appointed Olympics minister

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Should a veteran truck driver with 30 years of... truck-driving, be appointed as a transport ministry head? I do not think this is how it works.

neither I did read the article, so...

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Will that post be made redundant as soon as the Olympics are over next summer? Does any other country have an official ministerial post like this, or is this all about money (again)?

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maybe she could finally make some logical decisions? like not force people to swim in the sea of excrements for triathlon?

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in 2000 she made history again by becoming the first upper house lawmaker to give birth while holding office

What she did was great. But it’s kind of sad hearing that a woman had not given birth while holding office until the turn of the century.

Should a veteran truck driver with 30 years of... truck-driving, be appointed as a transport ministry head? 

@Daniel Naumoff

It depends on whether or not that truck driver is friends with Abe.

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Should a veteran truck driver with 30 years of... truck-driving, be appointed as a transport ministry head? I do not think this is how it works.

Better that than someone who has never driven a car or has a license... a la the former IT minster who had never used a computer.

Besides, a former Olympian who is also a lawmaker will have more experience and understanding of what the position entails.  Then there's this:

Currently vice president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, she has also served as a Tokyo 2020 Executive Board member and president of the Japanese Skating Association.

So yeah, I think she's qualified.

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Will that post be made redundant as soon as the Olympics are over next summer?

Possibly, but I would guess/hope that means she's also the top person when it comes to any Olympics-related matters, Summer or Winter, including qualifying competitions, handling legal matters, etc.

Also,

Hashimoto will also serve as Minister in Charge of Women's Empowerment.

So while the Olympics part of her job may become less important (or be made redundant) after next year, she still will have plenty of work ahead of her.

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Better that than someone who has never driven a car or has a license... a la the former IT minster who had never used a computer.

Besides, a former Olympian who is also a lawmaker will have more experience and understanding of what the position entails. Then there's this:

And better than the previous Olympic Minister Mori who looked like the only excercise he ever did was competitive eating...

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Respect to anyone who brings up six kids. Three is hard enough.

1964 event, which ... was a pivotal event in modern Japanese history.

Just accepting that as true, i.e., pivotal and not just symbolic, I wonder what this games will achieve, or be presented as achieving. London 2012 was very successful but the UK has not fared well since.

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Will she be able to cope with South Korean selfishness?

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