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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Who is your favorite Japanese politician?


By JULIAN PETERS

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Juliette Prime, 25
Civil servant (French)
Despite his criticism of French maths, I like Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara. He's controversial and outspoken. He's also an artist and he won art prizes in his twenties.

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Julian Lambert, 40
IT manager (Aussie)
I like (ex-PM) Junichiro Koizumi because he has an endearing character, an inspirational hairstyle, and he defies convention. If your heart is on strike, he's the strike breaker.

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Ayumi Nishiguchi, 24
Music teacher
I really like Koizumi because he's warm-hearted, and his manifestos were forward-thinking and benefited the people. He was also very entertaining.


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Hisanori Uchida, 43
Salaryman
Ex-Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka was a self-made man from a poor family who only had a primary school education. Unlike some, he didn't get his job through nepotism.

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Soyogu Aoki, 31
Company employee
Former Democratic Party of Japan leader Seiji Maehara gave the party a youthful and refreshing image, although his term only lasted a few months.



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Louise Ohashi, 29
English teacher (U.K.)
I like Prime Minister Taro Aso because he doesn't give in to popularity polls and always does things a little differently. I also think he has a lovely lopsided smile.



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