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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

How do you think the Japanese government could improve?


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Charlotte Warren, 32
Translator (British)
The politicians all seem faceless and interchangeable. The project started by Junichiro Koizumi to reform the nation needs to go further. Politicians like Yuriko Koike need to take a more active role.

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Masashi Fujiwara, 27
Truck driver (Japanese)
I think that it is up to the citizens of Japan to become more involved in our nation's politics. I think that they need to start participating on a much deeper level in the various processes of government.

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Iris Yip, 25
Tourist (Hong Kong)
I think that Japan needs to learn how to keep its prime ministers for longer. Perhaps tenures of about three years or five years would lead to a much more effective government for the country.

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Kumi Ohori, 22
Real-estate agent (Japanese)
I think the politicians in Japan tend to be way too old. This is a problem because it doesn't seem like there is anybody that is in government who can really represent the younger generation.

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Kouki Onishi, 22
Office worker (Japanese)
I think that Japanese politicians need to start taking more responsibility for their actions. They really need to have more of a sense of duty to the public if things in this country are to improve.

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Naokatsu Odaiji, 73
Newspaper distributor (Japanese)
It's difficult to see how the country can improve. One person's "good" politics is another person's "bad" politics. But I hope Naoto Kan can provide good leadership.



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