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Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

How much do you know about Japanese politics?


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Lisa Moore
Mother, 31

No one other than Koizumi. Nakiyama is the guy they were talking about as being in opposition to Koizumi. I think the fact that you're only here a few years means that it's difficult to get interested in long term policies that you won't be here to see implemented.

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Jake Moore
Economist, 30

Tanaka was the foreign minister that they kicked out. I think, Mizoguchi is the first deputy finance minister. Shiokawa is the ex-finance minister. But I can only name about 4 politicians in Britain too.

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Catherine Monagle
Project coordinator, 28

I can't think of any off the top of my head. I remember one politician talking about a gang rape. And another said women who didn't have children should be precluded from welfare. But maybe I just latch on to things that exasperate me.

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Ian Orletchi
Teacher, 35

Besides Koizumi, no one really. There's a female foreign minister. I saw her going to the States. I think I just see politicians on TV but I don't pay attention. I haven't voted anywhere recently, but I do think Koreans who were born and raised here should be able to vote.

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Stewart Geary
Salaryman, 40

I don't have any feeling of disenfranchisement about living in Japan and paying taxes but not being able to vote. If I could vote, I'd be worried that I'd be voting for someone without really understanding their policies. And then I'd kinda be responsible for what happens.

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Tatiana Gadda
Student, 30

No, not any. My husband and I decided that Japanese TV was bad for us, too much about food and onsen, so we ended up just unplugging it. We live in our own world. We used to buy newspapers in English, but we stopped.



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