Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.