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Natsuo Yamaguchi

VOX POPULI: Arrogance and a tinge of humor is 'Ishihara Style'

Natsuo Yamaguchi 67%

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"A guy who has bulging ideas rather than muscles" is a phrase from "Gangnam Style," the megahit by South Korean rapper Psy. The association might be somewhat outlandish, but it makes me think of Shintaro Ishihara, co-leader of the Japan Restoration Party.

 

Ishihara says Japan should reject and abandon its Constitution and become a strong military power. Debate on nuclear armament is also an option, he says. Such a strong-arm contention gives the impression of a man with bulging ideas. He calls himself a "reckless old man." The nickname is also widely recognized by others.

 

On April 17, Ishihara took part in a Diet debate for the first time in two months in a one-on-one debate with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is also president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. As always, Ishihara did not mince words. Discussing the Constitution, he pointed his finger at the LDP's junior coalition partner and warned Abe: "Without fail, New Komeito is going to slow you down."

 

Natsuo Yamaguchi, leader of New Komeito, s. iled wryly at Ishihara's attack.

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April 18, 2013

Read more: ajw.asahi.com

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