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Koizumi seeks further innovation in Japan to fight climate change

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did anyone even read what he is promising?

Read what ? You have a the list of his books ? Or his articles. Well just one article maybe.

He's been in politics for about 12 years and he has only posed for cameras, reading speeches written for him by his marketing staff. He inherited his Dad's MP position. Today, he's in government because he's got married with the mascot of Olympics.

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So the promising new comer of LDP, which have the population love needed to overthrow or succeed the old clique because he is the son of, is being given a ministry future looking (environment and social reform) which will give him the interesting opportunity to deal with lot of easy and mainstream subject like the management of Fukushima water.

Could be a good way to make him obedient or smash him to oblivion for the next 20 years or so.

I do not know him personally, so no idea what he really thinks and wants to fight for but after the politics washing, I have quite a doubt anything strong will come out of it.

Still : good luck ! I think the Ministry of the Environment could easily find strongest improvement than "Cool Biz".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ministry_of_theEnvironment(Japan)

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has been touted as a potential future prime minister and has recently drawn the spotlight for his surprise marriage to TV personality Christel Takigawa.

Well, one way to make sure that you keep getting this kind of sweetheart coverage from the media is to marry one of their own. Whether intentional or not, this was probably a smart political move by Shinjiro.

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Son like father who is also anti nuclear.

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Well, he made today's UK Guardian: 'Japan should scrap nuclear reactors after Fukushima, says new environment minister'. He has arrived lol!

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/12/japan-should-scrap-nuclear-reactors-after-fukushima-says-new-environment-minister

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if under existing urban and living conditions a person is given super strong knowledge, then he will not be able to live and work. it is necessary to create stimulating environmental factors as early as possible, in the complete absence of untrained people, where super-advanced people could appear to control the forces of nature. create islands to move developed minds from hell to paradise.

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The former PM’s son has been carefully groomed to represent and protect the interests of big businesses and multinationals.

Couldn't have said it better, away with this womanizing charlatan.

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Koizumi called for attracting increased investment to Japan.

So in other words his pockets will be stuffed with money while yet another piece of Japan will be given away to a globalist company.

Well at least his intentions are in line with LDP's modus operandi, sell away Japan piece by piece to the highest bidder and get rich in the process.

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Fighting climate change ain't rocket science. Introduce legally binding standards on thermal performance in buildings, ie, thick insulation and triple glazed windows.

Developed countries do this, but Japan refuses to. The priority is to protect the profits of the construction industry and sell devices that need to consume energy to work.

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Lets be honest, and I will try this time not to mistake Shinjiro Koizumi for his Father, however Shinjiro Koizumi has no political credibility beyond being the housewife's favourite.

My Mother said Shinjiro Koizumi will be a future Prime Minster when I enquired into the reasoning behind that assumption Mother said I was being biased and disingenuous.

I would prefer Shinjiro Koizumi maybe the sixth member of Arashi or NHK could find Shinjiro Koizumi a talento afternoon slot? Prime

Minister Shinzo Abe will set Shinjiro Koizumi up like a kipper. Popularity in politics is short lived. A fool and his father are soon parted.

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What do you think ?

Climate change hoax COLLAPSES as new science finds human activity has virtually zero impact on global temperatures.

I think you'd have to be a moron to take what that site is saying as truth.

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Give him a chance. See if he delivers. Don't judge....yet.

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The former PM’s son has been carefully groomed to represent and protect the interests of big businesses and multinationals. He has been foremost among the LDP lawmakers urging the Japan Agricultural Cooperatives to disband so that foreign agribusiness giants can buy up Japanese farmland. But I remain optimistic. Koizumi is turning into a middle-aged man and in 10 years female voters won’t be falling on over him anymore.

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@redmungo What do you think ?

Re your source? I'll go with it's a fake news site.

*Natural News** (formerly NewsTarget, which is now a separate sister site) is a conspiracy theory and fake news website.[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_News*

I trust the findings of NOAA scientists and the thousands of other scientists who say the climate is changing and human activity is contributing.

I don't trust the scientists paid by global oil corporations, big ranching (among others) and their 'financiers', i.e. those with the most power and those with the most to gain by keeping the fossil economy dominant, who deny climate is changing.

Or those like Trump claiming it's a hoax.

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What do you think ?

Climate change hoax COLLAPSES as new science finds human activity has virtually zero impact on global temperatures.

https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-07-12-climate-change-hoax-collapses-new-science-cloud-cover.html

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Junichiro Koizumi was regarded as an outsider, even within his own party. It remains to be seen how much his son has adopted the insider maverick streak from his father. And

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For such a young man (never having had a real job) to take on responsibility over our lives in Japan, to make decisions which will have an effect on future generations is unbelievable!

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The worst thing that could happen for Koizumi Shinjiro, is if he becomes Abe's puppet. I would like Koizumi Shinjiro to hold onto his father's (Junichiro Koizumi) ideals of Japan. Becoming Abe's puppet would ruin Koizumi Shinjiro's political future.

People likes Koizumi Shinjiro because he is young, and primarily because he is Junichiro Koizumi's son. Don't forget who fostered you Koizumi Shinjiro!

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I hope that he sticks to ecology and doesn't get involved in the economy.

They are pretty much intertwined these days. That's why ecology is a political issue instead of something everybody can agree on. Very few leaders want to save the planet. They want to gain power/money while appearing to save it.

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I hope that he sticks to ecology and doesn't get involved in the economy. Look at what Koizumi's USA-loving father did to Japan. Imitating the USA, he losened all the employment laws that protected workers, and now half of the workers are employed by dispatch agencies (who make all the money), part time, etc. That is why young people don't get married and have kids.

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Sounds fine and dandy but your daddy trump pulled out of the Paris accords and doesn't believe in climate change. Are you going to acquiesce and play his party line like abe or are you going to stand up and be counted?

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"Innovation" is politician speak for "somebody else think of a way to solve this problem because I won't".

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This is or should be a vital role. From his name, he will carry more clout than other LDP bigwigs, and it would be good if that could help him force through some changes. Politicians should not need famous fathers to get things done, but that might just be the way it is. The ends justifying the means, etc.

If he is indeed a reformer/agent of change, I hope he does not get bogged down with perennial problems like Fukushima and whaling.

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"a rising political star in Japan" is, quite simply, bad reporting and bad writing.

He may very well be an excellent human being and turn out to be an excellent politician. The latter is not something I expect at all, but I'll focus on the writing itself.

What are the reasons to support such a phrase? Without that, it comes across as nothing but propaganda fluff.

The author should be embarrassed.

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DineshToday  06:55 am JST

Family politics sabotaged my home country and its going to do the same thing to Japan.. People should stop electing people like this. They aRe not even fit to run the government ND have any basic knowledge ..the only thing they can do is loot more money from us, save more money in Swiss banks and make his son future prime minister

Japanese politics has been like this for over a thousand years. hasn't stopped the whiny foreigner from coming. I wonder why

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New Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi, a rising political star in Japan,

global warming can't work without innovation," the 38-year-old said at a press conference after assuming his first ministerial post in a Cabinet reshuffle

No one entitle as rising star without innovation and past achievement.

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a rising political star in Japan, 

Stop with this, it's ridiculous.

"Countermeasures against global warming can't work without innovation," the 38-year-old said at a press conference after assuming his first ministerial post in a Cabinet reshuffle. "By dealing with environmental problems, I believe innovations will occur one after another, which will create business opportunities."

This is totally empty talk. He does not know what he id talking about. A 6 years old kid could have said the exact same thing.

Koizumi's father Junichiro has changed his stance to oppose nuclear power generation in the country since resigning from politics.

His father is an opportunist and a hypocrite. When he was prime minister, he did nothing against TEPCO which in 2002 was caught in a giant scandal where they have lied and falsified about critical safety checks since the 70's. Nobody was prosecuted, no punishing measures against the company were taken, Koisumi and his government protected them. We know how the TEPCO's ignorance for safety ended.

"That's an area in which Japan can make contributions,"

Empty talk. Japan is a plastic mess. First start to have a honest critical point of view and admit first that Japan is the second biggest contributor to plastic waste.

But I don't mean to tell (my wife) to take care of our house because I became a minister. Rather, I will do more housework since I became a minister. We're in such an era."

We shall see that....

 did anyone even read what he is promising?

Well he doesn't provide anything to read...

 He sounds like the kind of polititian that they need more of in this country.

He is exactly like his father. He tries to give a better image and smooth his appearance. But he is just part of the Japanese oligarchy. Why should he be different? He was educated and molded in the same system.

Is it possible, even in the slightest bit, that he got into politics not because of his dad's connections, but because he looked up to his dad and wanted to do the same thing?

I am sorry but this is naive. His family background basically brings him with minimal effort to a very high paid job and high privileges. That's why he is in politics.

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Koizumi = brought and paid for by Jinc.

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yawn...moving on...

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Everyone complaining that he was selected only because his dad was a prime minister; did anyone even read what he is promising? He sounds like the kind of polititian that they need more of in this country.

Is it possible, even in the slightest bit, that he got into politics not because of his dad's connections, but because he looked up to his dad and wanted to do the same thing? I know I wanted to follow in my dad's footsteps to become a doctor; unfortunately i didnt have the discipline for it and ended up in IT.

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While climate change is a global issue there are many more important domestic issues for Japan that need to be addressed. Child care, aged care, mental health care, stagnant salaries and more that need innovative thinking to resolve.

Its kind of ironic he comes out with this environmentally based statement the day after TEPCO announces they will dump all their stored radioactive water into the ocean.

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Countermeasures against global warming can't work without innovation," the 38-year-old said

On NR - "I would like to study how we will scrap them, not how to retain them."

"We will be doomed if we let nuclear accidents recur," he said. 

I like what he said.D espite many that I usually agree with here on JT having beef with Koizumi jr because of his background I think he is the best chance Japan has to inject some new thinking and alter a direction, even a little bit of this stale system here. How far he will be allowed to go will be interesting to see. Here is hoping.

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"Countermeasures against global warming can't work without innovation,"

Agree. But as long as the fossils and their descendants are running Japan Inc's fossil economy, I'm not going to hold my breath. And I find it hard to believe Mr Koizumi will be willing to do anything different from what the fossils have been doing the last few decades.

Innovation should start with better ways to conserve energy and resources.

Unless resource poor Japan wants to continue to remain a fossilized economy reliant on the US, Russia, Gulf theocracies and others.

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Nepotism.

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Family politics sabotaged my home country and its going to do the same thing to Japan.. People should stop electing people like this. They aRe not even fit to run the government ND have any basic knowledge ..the only thing they can do is loot more money from us, save more money in Swiss banks and make his son future prime minister .

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Here's an innovative idea: Politicians that have qualifications beyond their daddy or granddaddy having been prime minister.

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