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Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

In an ideal world, who would you like to see running Japan?


By JULIAN PETERS

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Hiroko, shop staff, 67
Yukio Hatoyama of the DPJ is kind and would take care of the Japanese people. Or (U.K. leader) Gordon Brown, as he has a good speaking voice. George W. Bush would be a bad choice.



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Tomoko Ishizaka
Shop staff, 24
Seiko Yasui would be a good leader. She founded many children's libraries in Asia and tried to educate people who live in small villages. She has a strong educational message.

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Kyoji Sakuramoto, 72
Small business owner
(Ex-U.K. PM) Tony Blair would be an excellent leader for Japan. He has a great speaking voice and looks and behaves like a gentleman. I think he really cares about people.

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Yoshimitsu Kitamura
CD shop owner, 41
Sakae Osugi, an anarchist in the early 1900s. He believed in setting up unions. He was allegedly killed by the authorities in the confusion after the 1923 Kanto earthquake.

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Hanae Akimoto
Part-time worker, 25
I love (comedy duo) Bakusho Mondai. It would be interesting to have two people running the country, and they would make life fun — definitely more fun than it is now.

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Sam Berry
Teacher, 28 (English)
John Lennon's message was peace, he was popular here, and he understood some Japanese. Because of his wife, he would be more easily accepted in Japan.



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