Today's papers all highlight Prime Minister Fukuda Yasuo's chastizing Democratic Party leader Ozawa Ichirō for an abuse of his constitutional powers (kenryoku no ranyō) in opposing the nominations of Mutō Toshirō, Tanami Kōji and Watanabe Hiroshi as Governors or Vice Governor of the Bank of Japan.
Oh thank you, Prime Minister Fukuda, for admonishing Ozawa and rightly scourging him for the constitutionally specious path he has chosen!
Because we all remember your vigorous denuciations of Prime Minister Abe Shinzō, his Cabinet and the LDP/New Komeitō coalition when last year they shut down committee debate and public discussion of legislation and appointments, choosing instead to railroad every single bill introduced, reducing the opposition to hopeless gestures of despairing defiance.
We all remember your vociferous criticism of Abe and his minions, the way you stood in the doorway of the House of Representatives chambers yelling:
"No! No! This is not over! You will give these people a chance! There has to be a public debate! You will not just do whatever you want! This is an abuse of constitutional power!"
We are remember your intellectual courage then.
Later - Tobias Harris over at Observing Japan finds even more ridiculousness to become irate over.
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