On Japanese politics

  • 2011/08/02(火) 21:04:24

1ケ月ほど前約10年振りに書いた易しい英文ですがこのまま捨てるのもと思い載せました。
I am old Japanese experienced in elementary school when the Second World War.
After Fukushima atomic plant accident, I am gradually thinking that the news are becoming similar to the news of the war. 
Hence I want to consider about recent Japanese politics.
Who governs Japan?
According to the Constitution of Japan, the premier has to govern Japan.
Is it true?
After Abe, the Liberal Democrat leader, was born as a prime minister in September in 2006, each year new prime ministers (Fukuda and Asou) were born.
Hatoyama premier, belong to wild party, was born in September 2009.
When Hatoyama spoke at the general assembly of the UN, the original manuscript of his speech was not written by bureaucrats. The case may be for the first time as far as I know.
His speech was highly appreciated in many countries.
However 25% carbon dioxide reduction target was not confirmed by the community complex including bureaucrats, businessleaders and media.
Bureaucrats are controlling the media via the press club system.
Japanese media reported false information so as to give damage to the premier. Assistant Secretary of USA, Philip J. Crowley had to explain (see URL)
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2009/dec/133952.htm

Within several months Hatoyama became a puppet.
Last summer Kan became the premier. He is totally depending on the old bureaucrats system and seemed to have no own policy.
Who did a political reform, an economic reform, an agricultural reform and so on?
No premier did one of them.
South Korea is advancing the reform (e.g. trade treaty with EC, application of IT in Government and so on), on the other hand, why every Japanese premier couldn't change any reform?
Japanese politics is traditionally determined by the meeting of Permanent Secretary of each ministry, i.e. each ministry has only nominal authority.
Politics are actually moving by the meeting of Permanent Secretaries.
Nowadays Japanese economy is facing difficult condition due to decreasing of population.
As bureaucrats are becoming to defend their own interests, therefore they are very conservative.
That is the question.
written by Sakuradorf

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