首相、スーパーを視察 物価高を実感?Note the question mark, present in the title of the original article. When not even the staid Nihon Keizai Shimbun can conceal its contempt for a pathetic display of cluelessness and false bonhommie, you have a problem.
Prime Minister inspects a supermarket, gets a realistic sense of rising prices?
In order to gets a "skin-sense" of rising goods prices, Prime Minister Asō Tarō on the 19th inspected a supermarket in the Nishi Waseda area of Tokyo. He walked around the flour products, the dairy products and the fresh fish sections. "It seems that recently there were shortages of butter, there is butter today!" he shouted to the store owner. After the inspection tour, the PM told reporters, "(Prices rise) on different products in different ways. I confirmed that you should not rely just on what the newspapers say."
After that, the prime minister went to the area in front of Takadanobaba Station, where he asked the drivers of the taxis waiting in the rotary area in front of the station about their sense of the state of the economy and about their incomes. When the taxi drivers made an appeal regarding the difficulties they were having in making a living, the prime minister gave them encouragement, telling them to "Hang in there!"
Or a whole host of problems.
First of all Francisco, the butter crisis abated four months ago. We have had plenty of butter on the shelves for months.
Second, you spent all of 20 minutes comparison shopping in the supermarket. What the hell could you have "confirmed" (kakunin shita) in such a short span of time -- if you even knew what it was you were looking for?
Third, as anyone has ever asked knows, the government undermined the incomes of taxi drivers through an incomplete liberalization, allowing a flood of new entrants into the market while keeping onerous limits on the number of hours and days a taxi driver can work during a month. The taxi drivers in front of Takadanobaba Station were beseeching you because government was screwing up their lives, making it hard to earn a living.
Francisco, you and your party could actually do something to eliminate the regulations that condemn the drivers to marginal existences...and you blew them off.
Verily, from out of what pit of sordid ignorance and uncaring did the PM draw out that "ganbatte"? How did he find the gall to say it, the tanned princeling?
After the "Incident in Nishi Waseda" small indeed will be my surprise should this begin to gather a fearsome momentum.