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Japan’s Foreign Minister Bows Out

Posted on Mar 6, 2011
AP / Junji Kurokawa

Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara bows at a news conference announcing his resignation in Tokyo on Sunday.

With political reverence alien to the U.S., Japan’s foreign minister has resigned after accusations that he accepted political donations from a foreign national. The minister, Seiji Maehara, had been seen as a potential successor to the current prime minister. —JCL

The BBC:

Japan’s Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara has resigned after being criticised for accepting a political donation from a foreign national.

Japanese law bans the practise, if done intentionally, and the opposition had called on him to quit.

The move is seen as a blow to Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who has been struggling to get budget bills through parliament and keep onto his own job.

Mr Maehara had been seen as a potential successor to Mr Kan.

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By YY, March 8, 2011 at 8:04 am Link to this comment
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The context is not reported but known to everybody.  Maehara had to quit as the party is going through a process of suspending Ozawa, the power broker faction leader with many loyal followers (a would have been PM in another universe), who is under indictment for irregularities with campaign funds.  Ozawa in resisting his loss of power has proceeded to split and has almost sunk the party.  Technically the mistake of not managing his campaign office is the same for Maehara as Ozawa.  The amount and character of the mistake do differ, by more than thousand fold.

However given current situation probably the only good choice he had.  He’ll be back, as they just rotate out for a bit.

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By Igloo, March 8, 2011 at 5:34 am Link to this comment
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If the Japanese government continues to have the staying power of cherry blossoms, then the country is doomed.
Because of their blind copying of things Western they copied the British parliamentary system thinking it would work in a country that had known nothing but feudalism and the rule of the sword. They have raised a generation of youth who have no idea of their country’s recent history (it begins officially in 1952, upon the departure of the Shogun MacArthur) and no notion of where the country should be headed. Anime, manga and a culture focused on kawaii is not the sign of a great nation ready to lead in the coming years; it is a sign of abdication, self-indulgence, escape, surrealism and decay.

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By Inherit The Wind, March 7, 2011 at 7:18 am Link to this comment

Yeah, the US thing when caught with your hand in the till or your pants down is to attack! attack! attack!

Even after having been convicted, Tom DeLay is still attacking and claiming what he did wasn’t wrong or illegal (he doesn’t even deny doing it).

Charlie Wrangel attacked up until about 2 minutes before he apologized. (Which puts him one-up on DeLay).

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By DGBJPN, March 7, 2011 at 12:33 am Link to this comment
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What’s being shamefully overlooked in this story is the institutionalized racism that allows a country to discriminate against these so called foreign nationals. They are Koreans, sometimes second or third generation who were born in Japan; speak only Japanese and are forced as adults to carry a foreign registration card that until recently contained finger print information. Most Japanese actively shun marrying people Korean nationals. It is common for parents to investigate the person a son or daughter introduces as a fiancé to confirm they are not Koreans. A lot of children, who only know this country, find out they are not really members of Japanese society when they go to get a passport and find they need to get a Korean one. There is a story here…and it’s not that a woman contributed to a political party.

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By samosamo, March 6, 2011 at 7:49 pm Link to this comment


Looks as if the sec. of state will have to go into overtime mode
to develop another conducive replacement to her liking for the
compatibility for manipulation. So much easier to play with a
stacked deck.

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By PatrickHenry, March 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm Link to this comment

If this was the norm in the U.S. congress, few would remain.

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