Kaieda Banri just delivered a report card on his term in office as the Minister of Economics, Trade and Industry. Considering that as METI has been the home of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, the much maligned regulator and promoter of nuclear power in the government, he had little choice but try to defend his tenure as METI minister. Though not as excrutiating as Mabuchi's speech, the speech is not very reassuring.
Next up, Noda Yoshihiko is mezmerizing the crowd with an account of his life as illustrative of the aspirations and policies of the Democratic Party of Japan. It is a bravura performance. The man can certainly talk.
Too bad that many of his plans for Japan are simply not workable.