Monday, November 19, 2007


...are the thoughts former Prime Minister Mori Yoshirō shares with us in an exclusive interview with the Nihon Keizai Shimbun (sorry, no link).

The former prime minister rambles on on a variety of subjects, upon none of which he seems to have any reliable information. The main thrust, however, is a defense of the meeting between Prime Minister Fukuda Yasuo and Democratic Party of Japan leader Ozawa Ichirō last Friday. For Mori, the problem was not that Fukuda and Ozawa were meeting alone to decide the possible formation of a new government but that the two did not meet often enough, giving Ozawa time to do nemawashi with all the levels of his party, building up a consensus for a radical shift to close political cooperation with the LDP.

Of course, in light of the process by which Mr. Mori was chosen prime minister--by a collection of fewer than half a dozen LDP central party executives gathered around the still warm body of poor Obuchi Keizō--Mr. Mori's prescriptions and conclusions are simply surreal.

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