The press is a tool of the Democratic Party of Japan.
According to an article in the today's print edition of the Tokyo Shimbun, Secretary-General Ibuki, fed up with a reporter's asking whether or not it was "difficult" (i.e., impossible) for the Diet to pass the budget enabling legislation, including the renewal of the temporary gasoline levy, by the end of the fiscal year, responded with a prophecy:
「どうしてでしょう。定例日以外審議しない民主党の態度を是認するのは報道の死を意味する」Well, yes, if you mean by "Press" the uncritical lapdogs of the ruling party and the Establishment. Yes, Ibuki-san is absolutely right on that score.
"And why is that? Showing approval of the stance being taken by a Democratic Party that does not examine (a bill)
within the set time limitexcept on the appointed days, this is the death of the Press!"
Later in the article he expresses shock and dismay that the Press, rather than printing only the approved leaks of the government--the endless parade of naikaku keikensha, naikaku ni chikai hito, tō no moto kanbu whose anonymous opinions are reported as fact on a daily basis--dares to facilitate the leakage of information by the Democratic Party:
"When we talk to the DJP, it gets leaked and become fodder for articles. When the rules of human society are not being preserved,
thenit's frightening when you cannot know aforehand the repercussions."
...which means "Now that you people print what we tell the opposition, rather than vice versa like you are supposed to, we're scared
So be careful, members of the media--Ibuki Bunmei's on to your petty, treasonous schemes.
---------------- Image of Ibuki Bunmei courtesy of Reuters.
Later - So many strikethroughs! Thanks James.