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August 11, 2005

Koizumi, Privatization of Japan Post, nationalism (by M)

The Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi decided to dissolve the Diet because the House of Councilors rejected the postal privatization bill on August 8. He said he wouldn't authorize the LDP members who voted against the bill, and he also said that he was going to destroy his own LDP (Liberal Democratic Party) if they do not follow Koizumi's policy. BBC says that:

"The telephone poll, taken by Kyodo news agency soon after Mr Koizumi dissolved parliament, put the prime minister's approval rating at 47.3%. The previous survey, in July, gave him 42.6% support." (

BBC goes on to explain that:

"Japan Post is a huge organisation, which has about 25,000 post offices nationwide, which all sell the system's savings and insurance products, as well as regular postal services."

It is worth noticing that the positions of postmaster in rural areas are hereditary posts, and they serve as a vote collecting machine for a certain group of the LDP members. I want to support his battle against such a system. However, we know that Koizumi is also an ultra nationalist. He might visit Yasukuni Shrine this summer to pray for spirits of the war dead including Japan's World War 2 A Class war criminals. I strongly object to his visit to Yasukuni.

Koizumi's policy is twisted. Usually, those who have nationalist & conservative ideas defend traditional values and communitarian sentiments found in rural areas such as the hereditary succession of postmaster. However Koizumi defends the former and seems to reject the latter. We can find an interesting example of a unique combination of nationalism and modernization in the age of globalization. This may be a familiar phenomenon for social science specialists, so this would not be a unique case at all, but for me, this is really interesting, and annoying as well.

Many Japanologists have said that in Japan group conformity takes precedence over individuals, but this prime minister of Japan has broken this hidden rule so far. The exprime minister Mori described Koizumi's individualism "more than strange as a prime minister." But I want to suport his individualism.

However, I object to Koizumi's conservatism and nationalism. I wish him to resign if he won't change his attitudes toward Yasukuni Shrine and WW2.

Photo: Ryukoku University, Kyoto

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  • I forgot to tell you that there is another "Masahiro Morioka," the same name as me, who is a member of the Diet and an ultra nationalst! Sometimes I am taken for him, but I have no relationship with him.

    See the following article from the Japan Times:

    "Masahiro Morioka, parliamentary secretary for health, labor and welfare, said Thursday that Class-A war criminals convicted by the Tokyo War Crimes trial after World War II are not criminals because the tribunal was "one-sided." Japanese government leaders have said that Morioka's position does not represent the government, saying that Tokyo has accepted the results of the tribunal. China's biggest complaint with Japan is Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, which enshrines 14 Class-A war criminals with Japan's 2.5 million war dead."

    I wish he refrain from saying this anymore... If you search "Masahiro Morioka" on the web you can find a lot of pages about Masahiro Morioka that is not ME.

    By Blogger Masahiro_Morioka, at 11:07 PM, August 12, 2005  

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    By Blogger jorn52ofdf, at 10:40 AM, August 14, 2005  

  • By Blogger Masahiro_Morioka, at 2:55 AM, August 19, 2005  

  • Hello, Mr.Morioka. I'm Inugasa Ginjiro. I have a blog "Ginjiro-An".

    I wrote about this news. I oppose to his visiting Yasukuni. Please visit my blog if you get time.

    By Blogger Inugasa Ginjiro, at 4:21 AM, October 18, 2005  

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