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Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

What are the key issues new Prime Minister Taro Aso needs to tackle?


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Adele Goh (Aussie)
I.T. manager, 34
After the resignations of (former PMs) Abe and Fukuda, Aso has to show he's a strong leader. He must improve health care, the economy, education and the pension system.

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Saori Nakagomi
Dental assistant
The birthrate has fallen because it's difficult for working women to have kids. Aso needs to support women by offering adequate maternity leave and child care.

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Daniel Sassoon
Teacher, 29 (Aussie)
Aso needs to focus on improving ties with Japan's neighbors. For example, Koreans are angry over the Dokdo/ Takashima row. He has to solve problems like these.

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Kazuko Sasaki
Housewife
With the world's fastest- aging population, Aso needs to improve health care for the elderly by training doctors, lowering drug costs and providing cheaper nursing homes.

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Kenichi Mogi
Engineer, 38
It's very important that Aso works on economic reforms. I think he needs to raise consumption tax to 10 percent so that the national debt can be reduced.



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Kana Narukawa
Office worker
Japan imports a lot of food, and the number of farmers here is dropping. Aso needs to help farmers so that more crops are produced locally, so we can eat safe, fresh food.



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