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Old 2021-02-12, 10:00   Link #661
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Can Ishihara Shintaro be far behind?

Kawabuchi was definitely the plan - it was only the huge (especially by Japanese standards) outcry that forced them to back down.

The problem here is that Mori has huge power within the LDP, as the Don of its largest faction (the LDP is a faction-driven power structure). Suga is part of no faction, and thus dependent on Mori to be allowed to remain in power. If Mori is dissatisfied with the replacement, Suga is in deep shlt.
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Old 2021-02-12, 10:16   Link #662
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Does Mori's power really extend that far?

As far as I can tell, this is mostly a push driven by social media. And there's already a lot of deep discontentment for Suga. In a hypothetical situation, if Mori's replacement was strongly disliked by Mori, but praised by social media as being "progressive" and such (i.e. they end up actually having a woman take over), wouldn't that still give leverage to Suga?

This is ultimately the problem with how much apathy the Japanese have towards politics from what I'm seeing- it's only the older folks who actually care (as in, people 65+)... meanwhile, all the young folks are using social media for changes, but social media lacks the nuances you need to have a true political reform, which is something japan desperately needs.
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Old 2021-02-12, 10:45   Link #663
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Suga has no leverage. The old men of the LDP make all decisions, and they don't give a flip about social media. Suga is already on thin ice, and was something of a figurehead PM - as I said, he's a rarity in having obtained such a high office without belonging to a faction.

Factions are everything in the LDP. Mori controls the largest. There is a tug of war here - some allowance has to be made for the massive public opinion against holding the Olympics at all this year and the sheer offensiveness of what Mori said. Kawabuchi simply pushes things too far - he's overtly racist, a proponent of physical punishment in coaching children, and a BFF of Mori. The Hosoda Faction will have to give a little and at least make the appearance of compromising on the replacement, but Suga will have little say over who it is.

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Old 2021-02-18, 05:21   Link #664
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...they end up actually having a woman take over...
Well, it's no longer hyopthetical.

Tokyo appoints female Cabinet minister to take over as Olympics chief
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Tokyo (Feb 18): The Tokyo Olympic organising committee has appointed Seiko Hashimoto, Japan's Cabinet minister-in-charge of the Olympics and gender equality, to replace Yoshiro Mori, 83, who resigned last week in the wake of an international firestorm over sexist remarks.

The selection of Ms Hashimoto, 56, an Olympic medallist in speedskating, represents a stark generational and gender shift for the committee, but the choice does not stray far from the establishment.

Ms Hashimoto entered politics when Mr Mori was secretary-general of the Liberal Democrats, and she joined his political faction, one of a handful of influential groupings that can determine the careers of lawmakers in Japan.

"I think Ms Hashimoto was selected so that Mr. Mori's influence can be maintained," said Atsuo Ito, an independent political analyst and former staff member for both the Liberal Democrats and the opposition Democratic Party. "She's a puppet of Mr Mori."

[Still], her appointment reflects the growing power of social media and Japanese activists to sway the course of what was seen as an important symbolic decision.

"In the past, Mr Mori would have been just criticised, and then the issue would have ended," said Kazuyo Katsuma, a former businesswoman and prominent author of best-selling books on gender and work-life balance. "But this time he had to resign because of a lot of criticism from women who raised their voices."

In accepting the job as president of the Olympic organising committee, Ms Hashimoto gives up her ministerial post, halving the number of women in Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's Cabinet.

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Old 2021-02-18, 07:10   Link #665
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Yes, she's a Mori puppet. She was also accused of sexually harassing a male figure skater a few years ago. And upon her appointment a high-ranking LDP official said she'd do fine because she has a personality like a man's, and that most sexual harassment is mutually consensual.

These people won't change. And for whatever reason, Japanese voters are so apathetic that they won't change the people running their lives.
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Old 2021-02-18, 08:07   Link #666
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Yeah, that's all the buzz I'm hearing.

Because I do the dumb-as-hell thing of reading FB comments on Japan Times post, I was expected to see a bunch of "Good Riddance, we have someone competent" or "Finally, the woman we needed" type comments... and instead, what your post highlights happened instead. Complaining that she's Mori's friend, a sexual abuser, and still part of the LDP.

I've already accepted that FB comments will always be negative (Hell, I suspect there would still be negative comments even if they decided to completely cancel the Olympics, which is about what half the commentators want...), but I suppose the real problem is that Japanese voters keep putting the LDP in charge.
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Old 2021-02-20, 06:34   Link #667
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Responding to criticisms after Mori's remarks concerning women, the LDP will invite five women to attend meetings of the party's board.

As long as the women don't speak.

https://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN2AH08E

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The move would allow more female LDP members to see how decisions were being made, said Toshihiro Nikai, the party's 82-year-old secretary general. He said he had heard criticism the party's elected board was dominated by men.

"It is important to fully understand what kind of discussions are happening," he told a news conference late on Tuesday.

"Take a look, is what it is about."

Those female observers would not be able to speak during the meetings, but could submit opinions separately to the secretariat office, the Nikkei newspaper reported.
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Old 2021-02-20, 06:57   Link #668
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If you pitched this stuff as parody, it would be turned down as too unrealistic.
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Old 2021-02-28, 22:36   Link #669
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How government in Japan really functions. By the AP's Japan correspondent, Yuri Kageyama.

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TOKYO (AP) — The public relations chief for Japan's prime minister has resigned after she acknowledged she had a 70,000 yen ($700) dinner paid for by a broadcaster.

Makiko Yamada had been grilled recently by opposition lawmakers in Parliament about the 2019 dinner and had been scheduled to answer more questions Monday. She had previously said she did not remember or was not fully aware of the circumstances.

Yamada's job included the responsibility of picking reporters to ask questions at Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's news conferences.

The broadcaster in question, Tohokushinsha Film Corp., employs Suga’s son. That has raised suspicions of cronyism in a nation where plum jobs are often hard to come by without connections.
https://tulsaworld.com/news/world/su...ef533a72d.html
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Old 2021-03-03, 14:28   Link #670
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Decision to allow "overseas spectators" to attend the Olympics by the end of the month.

Decision on capacity limits in venues next month.

https://twitter.com/trilavier/status...79918555721731
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