|Advertising|Jobs 転職|Shukan ST|JT Weekly|Book Club|JT Women|Study in Japan|Times Coupon|Subscribe 新聞購読申込|
|Home > Life in Japan > Features|
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011
HOTLINE TO NAGATACHO
Go on the offensive against LDP buffoons
Dear Prime Minister Naoto Kan: It has begun to seem as if whoever it was that came up with the idea of Japan's bicameral legislature was assuming that one bloc could always maintain control of both houses of the Diet. It also looks as if you are in a big mess, because the system does not appear to have been designed for the kind of situation you now have, with your Democratic Party of Japan in charge of the House of Representatives and the Liberal Democratic Party able to use its majority in the House of Councilors to block everything you try to achieve.
Quite honestly, you need to go on the offensive against these people, and remind the nation of why it decided to kick the LDP out of power in 2009.
The LDP think they have a mandate to dictate terms to you. They do not. Yes, they won 39 out of 73 House of Councilors districts seats in the election last year compared to the DPJ's 28, but you received 39 percent of the popular vote compared to their 33.4 percent. They won by pandering to an over-represented rural minority and now they dare to criticize your party, which has to do something about the huge mess that they allowed to build up.
What is the legacy of the LDP's 55 years of dominance? A public deficit that is double Japan's gross domestic product, a shrinking, aging population, a broken and worthless education system, and a landscape covered in concrete. They did all that. Them, and all the vested interests groups that bought their loyalty with shady political donations.
Do the LDP have any solutions? Of course not. When asked about the possibility of Japan joining the TPP, a senior LDP official reportedly said, "Given its position as an opposition party, the LDP doesn't need to clarify its stance on such a politically divisive issue (as the TPP)."
If any senior politician in the U.K. or the USA made such a stupidly brazen comment, it would be a resigning issue. Do yourself a favor, and before the next election go on the attack and show up these LDP people for the venal, opportunistic, blinkered, self-serving buffoons that they really are.
Send submissions of between 500 and 600 words to firstname.lastname@example.org