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“No arms, no contingency plans” always “NO”

Mizuho Fukushima, the chief of the Social Democratic party, has rebuffed the decision for the relocation of the Futenma air base in Okinawa and has also decided not to sign the cabinet approval as one of ministers.

Surprisingly, she claimed that the Social Democratic party would not end the coalition between the Social Democratic Party, the People’s New Party and the Democratic Party of Japan. In addition, she is not supposed to resign her present post.

Only saying “NO”, it’s what she’s been doing.

Sometimes I’m surprised with what she says on TV. Some people, especially people hawkish, asked her what she would do if some countries or someone evil attacked our country or the people. She answered, “there’s no such countries or people. No one attacks Japan,” “discussion is the best way,” or “no need to have arms.”

Yes, “PEACE” is one of the most beautiful words all over the world. Anyone doesn’t want to fight with someone, kill someone, and hurt someone. Neither do I.

However, someone illegally comes to Japan and violently kidnap the Japanese. This is the real. Politicians must have both idealism and realism. She’s just a spoiled child. Politicians always must think about what ordinary people don’t think or want to think.

Going to keep her seat named “minister”, she keeps saying “no” without the resignation. In this case, only people living in Okinawa can say “NO.” They expected something new and have been swayed by the Democratic Party of Japan. Before the Democratic Party of Japan showed that the party would move the Futenma base into other prefectures or countries, the government had discussed and explained the previous plan for thirteen years. Residents in Futenma, Okinawa must have wanted to say “NO” for the previous plan as a matter of fact, but they had finally started accepting. We must thank the people for understanding it and enduring a lot of problems which we can easily imagine. Since Yukio Hatoyama stood in front of the people as the chief of the party and gave his policy, things have changed. “He might change something,” people expected too much from him.

I wrote a critical journal about Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and even now I oppose his policy, thoughts, and ideas. But now, I just symphathize him. With his word “fraternity,” he now has to make an agreement facing people saying “NO.”

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  1. May 27, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Was the promise of moving the base just another political campaign pledge? They can say anything to get a vote, knowing full well that what they’re saying can’t be done.

    I read yesterday in the Japan Times of a politician wanting Japan to have a force to protect themselves. Is Article 9 going to be amended?

    The people of Okinawa should be the ones deciding if the base should be move, after all it’s in their backyard.

    Promises broken, some people remember.

    Today’s politician MUST realize that the world isn’t the same as “yesterday”.

    • honeypotter
      May 29, 2010 at 3:33 pm

      Hi, girlgeum! How’s your weekend? 😀

      Strictly speaking, the Democratic Party of Japan didn’t include the topic about the base on its manifesto. The Social Democratic party has claimed that they should change the alliance itself between America and Japan for ages.

      We still haven’t amended only Article 9 but also other Articles in our constitution. Some politicians think that we should practice our forces. Although we have one of strongest forces in the world, we can’t call the forces “forces.”

      Yes, there are huge differences between the people before politicians say something and the ones after politicians do or don’t what they said.

  2. May 31, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    She was fired by the Prime Minister and then she quit the coalition.

    Hopes were raised.

    • honeypotter
      June 1, 2010 at 5:11 pm

      Yes, she was fired and the SDP bolted from the coalition. I often see her discussing on TV. Even though she is a lawyer, there are many contradictions in her logic. I guess the SDP is gradually going to disappear from the political scene.

  3. June 2, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    He’s out of there.

    I have to read up on Japanese Prime Ministers; they don’t last long.

    • honeypotter
      June 5, 2010 at 12:03 am

      I just wrote a new article about this topic. Yes, the present gorvenment couldn’t last long. Just eight months or more.

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