In a futile gesture, in its final regular Friday meeting, the Fukuda Cabinet approved a Cabinet Decision (kakugi kettei) declaring its full-throated support for a bill that would extend the dispatch of Maritime Self Defense Forces ships to the Indian Ocean.
A gesture almost as pathetic and ridiculous as today's resignation of the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as a show of remorse for the tainted rice scandal.
Which is neatly matched by the absurd approval today of yet another kakugi kettei in support of three bills necessary to establish a Consumer Protection Agency.
Call the whole sad performance "Fukuda Yasuo's Last Stand" if you will.
The Cabinet minus Agriculture Minister Ōta (I am guessing here) will meet once more next week in order to resign en masse.
Ave Tokyo! Morituri te salutant!
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