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U.S. gov't hoping Noda can stick around for awhile

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Don't worry, Ichiro Ozawa is not going to succeed Noda as PM :)

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voicing hope that he lasts longer than his revolving-door predecessors.

Don't we all?

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But I have to say, on some level, we’re rooting for him,

“It is not simply because we think he is an able leader—which we do

LOL! I get this feeling that Campbell isn't to fond of Noda either, but trying to say the 'politically' correct things about him.

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I am confident Noda will.

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Kurt Campbell....tsk tsk....you don't know that it is INTENTIONAL. Every time you get close to reaching some resolve on anything.....they pull that shell game on foreign governments.

Futenma issue solved - oops- Shell game Hague Convention making progress - ug oh - Shell game TPP looks good with Japan in it - ug oh - Shell game World donates money for Earthquake relief - again - Shell game

Oh well. It's time for Mr. Noda to resign anyway...hahahahahaha. He will say NO to Nuclear Power and we'll all be happy about it..We'll see light at the end of the tunnel as we make progress towards a cleaner, safer, nuclear free planet. - WAIT, what just happened tot the light? - Shell game.

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Ha, thats nice ...here is to hoping.

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no-da = Puppy of north americans.

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issa1Jan. 20, 2012 - 08:52AM JST

no-da = Puppy of north americans.

@issa1, would you please list some alternatives who could lead your country? You know the consumption tax and the public spending cut are unavoidable, right?

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I'm glad Campbell put in a good word for PM Noda. Japan needs consistency in the form of a PM who is around long enough (several years plus) to move off of square one and get something accomplished.

Noda is working hard to introduce some unpopular yet necessary reforms, and in the process shaking things up, despite many in the government who stand in his way. If Japan changes PMs yet again, the process will have to start all over again. No time for that.

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The only time the Americans voice their support for a Japanese PM is if he is such a good lapdog. In that case, I hope for his prompt resignation early as possible. There are hundreds of potential replacements just as bland as he. But the DPJ is on a good track in appointing upstarts to the PM role, unlike those LDP princes who are descended from SCAP collaborators.

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Noda is horrible ! He, along with Kan and Hatoyama are ruining this country. Chinese, Koreans and even Americans love these idiots. These clowns are a joke at the top of the U.S. government . They say: As not to love a fool like this? They follow all our expectations.

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@issa1, you have not convinced me yet why Noda is bad. Please tell me what does he need to do to get your endorsement? Please be specific with your critical thinking skill.

I tell you why this is a critical moment for Japan for moving forward. Japan has been a tanking ship without a captain in the past 20 years. Japan has not accomplish anything for Japan, global community and your future. LDP has already borrowed from your future and spent it all.

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They dont care who just don't shuffle, he'll be out by summer mark my words on it. DPJ are just kicking up more and more dust trying to call an election, it is their entire campaign.

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I understand the Americans want stability here for once, so would support anyone right now. But I just can't see bumbling Noda lasting much longer. He seems to have no clue with regards to choosing competent Ministers. My money is on a replacement PM in June - agreed with gogogo.

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I think we should have a Talento run the govt. Someone like Sanma

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and what would America know about competent government?

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netninja, interesting idea, never thought of it that way, but honestly I dont think J-politicians cud dream that up haha

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To globalwatcher

The big problem of these three goofy is trying to please everybody all the time. Puppets liars!

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If Japan changes PMs yet again, the process will have to start all over again. No time for that.

piltdown,

Japan hasnt had time for this non-sense the entire 20+ yrs I have been here but the revolving door never stops & likely wont for the foreseeable future sadly.

As another poster above pointed out Japan has hundreds on no-name no-bodies to come in for their 6-8mth kick at the can unfortunately

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issa1Jan. 20, 2012 - 11:50AM JST

To globalwatcher

The big problem of these three goofy is trying to please everybody all the time. Puppets liars!

Corruptions? You've got it right and I do not blame you feeling that way. But you can still change it. Vote!

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Yea, good luck with that. Two years for Noda would be a miracle given recent history in Japan.

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Yea, good luck with that. Two years for Noda would be a miracle given recent history in Japan

It will take another 10 years to restore Japan. The Japan's problems are all deeply rooted beyond comprehension. What Japan needs to avoid right now is a political vacuum. You cannot afford to change a leader every six month like a disposal diaper. If you do, nothing will be done. Hope everyone sees that.

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Lets all get behind this fellow Noda and support him in our every comment. Lets stop this revolving door politics.!. Noda - I am yours to do whatever you want to do.............

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A US politician's comment is irrelevant, except that the US govt likes puppet leaders(think Koizumi). Japan does need a real, principled leader as does the US or any nation for that matter. And the bigger issue is that leader's principles. Is it that ensure the sanctity of individual rights and liberties, or to impose the power of the state over the individual. The two are mutually exclusive. Liberte ou La Mort!!!

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JeanValJean: Liberte ou La Mort (Liberty or death) Personaly I stand for autonomy for Okinawa and I hope that Noda reads this...............

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@Marion.

I am with this guy, Noda too. He needs to go all the way to get things done. I am posting his weblink you may be interested in sighning up for subscription, so that you will be able to understand his vision and fiscal policy. Solidarity!

http://nodasblog.kantei.go.jp/

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@Marion, if Ryukyu regains its autonomy, I'll move there. But then it'll be at risk of being claimed by China. This discussion is about the revolving door PMs, however. The system as is creates an unstable regime, designed as such to prevent a re-emergence of the pre-WWII govt. The system should be changed so that the PM/President has a fixed term, say between 3 - 6 years. That would also require the citizen-voters to not be apathetic, but rather proactive in their own govt. More likely, the sheeple can't be bothered;they are to preoccupied with AKB, KARA, pachinko, or whatever mindless celebrity gossip surfaces. Slim chance....

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As for the title of this article, "U.S. gov't hoping Noda can stick around for awhile":

Does it mean Washington wants the Noda government to remain in power as long as it can work to Washington's advantage in matters of TPP and Futenma's relocation? After that, who cares what will ever happen to it?

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If the Americans want Noda to stay and get comfortable, they will need to respond a bit better to the political impossibility of building a new base at Heneko. If they press him, he will not be able to deliver anymore than his predecessors. Heneko is a longtime USMC fantasy that will not be realised unless civilian blood is spilt. Send some of them to Guam, the rest will have to learn to play nicely with the USAF at Kadena. The Marines are not in Okinawa to protect anybody, they're there because it happens to be a good place to train. And you can play golf there year-round. The USAF fancies that, too. I can't support Noda because his response to the nuclear disaster has been cruel when it's not laughable. Make children return to 20 millisieverts, 20 times the international norm? When are his own children moving there?

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The whole world including the Japanese public has nobody is taking care the next move of Jaspanese government, tgheir politics were too much 'amusing' like comedy at prime time rather than something serious. And if America placing her stakes over such a pointless nastion without a future. May God help them!

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The diplomat explained it perfectly. This has nothing to do with being a "lap dog" and everything to do with knowing who's going to be here in the coming months. You can't negotiate in good faith if the person you're talking to has no expectation of being in that seat the next time you return. Japan's inability to keep a PM in office has become an international joke. DICTATORS are pointing to Japan as an example of how democracy is a failure as a government model. The U.S. would LOVE it if a P.M. stayed in office for four or more years - even if the P.M. was staunchly anti-U.S. At least that way the U.S. diplomats would know what sort of difficulties need to be addressed in the long term. The way it is now every nine months "births" a new round of difficulties along with a new P.M.

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My son and I have a book coming out soon that explains just how I feel about the present leadership - It is called "Okinawan Reflections By An Angry American" I call for an the island to be managed by Ryukyuan leadership ( I have Masahide Ota in mind.) I originally was going to name it Memorial Island - I love these people and I married there.

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