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Parties-as-pants-changer, Atomic force can und vs.. TEPCO

July 3rd, 2012 | Tagged , | 8 Comments | 1072 reads

Everyone certainly has its Haßpolitiker – The word I use very reluctant, But I think, most know, what I mean: A politician, you simply can not see and / or hear would. For whatever reason,. This opinion should not be permanent – just the other day I heard something very sensible of Schäuble (unfortunately, however, I soon forgot about) – makes me almost my opinion can be changed. In Japan, it is certainly Ichiro Ozawa, regularly brings me up the wall. The Lord is a lawyer from the prefecture of Iwate, sprang from a political dynasty and has been for decades a political heavyweight. First he was with the then-ruling Liberals. Then he left the party at din and took a convoy of members with this. Then he went to Shinseitō 新生 党. After the Shinshinto 新 进 党. Then to Jiyūtō 自由 党. And then, than those who got straight upwind, to the Democrats, So the Minshuto 民主党.
And three times may be advised, what happened today – Mr. Ozawa, the gray eminence, Many also – justifiably – called the Destroyer, left his party today, and tore his entourage, of course, again with: 38 MPs of the ruling Democrats in the House of Commons and 12 from the House of Lords. Target: The creation of a new party.

Opportunism is good. Speeches can – well. Cut times with his fist on the table and will draw their own conclusions disposition is usually correct. But a politician, the sixth time the party changes, in my eyes just yet suspect. Especially since the man obviously has a great influence, otherwise he would not always land on their feet. So far he has any corruption scandal / Process survives to illegal political contributions – Sun was mostly his subjects sentenced.

This time came to Ozawa on the rise in VAT. In the past week, at the 26. June 2012, agreed the ruling party and two opposition parties – the Liberals and the Komeito thereon, the VAT to 2015 from now 5% on 10% to raise. The debate on this can be here (House of Lords TV) see - the whole, however, takes three hours. Of 478 MPs voted 363 Seconded to the 消费 税 増 税法 案 amendment to the VAT increase, 97 (among them 57 Seconded the Ozawa Group) voted against. This is a remarkable success for the Prime Minister Noda. At the same way, two more bills were rubber-stamped – also by the opposition and ruling party (Ozawa, of course, without): A bill to reform the social security and a revised version of the child care facility law. The voting results are more exact, it here.

Ozawa has been working very long against his own party – and though in a rather intriguing way. Actually, the Democrats needed no opposition in the two MPs houses - they had indeed Ozawa, the no microphone and no camera left out, to fulminate against his party colleagues. This time he mocked a violation of the Manifest and saw also at risk from shoulder to shoulder with the opposition to democracy in Japan. Counter-proposals? Aber nicht doch. Mr. Ozawa is heard usually only worn-out phrases without constructive counter-proposals.

The higher value-added tax will come. There seems no other way to go. Japan in international comparison very low tax rates; but an exorbitant national debt, looks against Greece as an orphan boy. The subtle difference to Greece is of course, that Japan can borrow a large portion of the money at home. From now on, it means then that is no longer borrow, but take. About the effect of the tax increase can argue of course. The economy sputters to themselves, and the increase could be a lasting recovery from the recession kill the last few years. On the other hand, the state needs more tax revenue, for social change (Lack of children, Aging) oppose to.


The nuclear-free period in Japan was only a few weeks, but that was predictable: One of the four reactors of the second largest nuclear plant in Japan, the Oi power plant (Oi power plant) in Fukui Prefecture (north of Kyoto), once again took on the operation. In contrast, there have been numerous protests in the immediate environment of the remote kiln – many participants traveled here from different regions of Japan. Justification for the commissioning of the kiln by KEPCO (Electricity supplier for the Kansai region): The power is not enough for the summer. Even if all the power saving. This may be, But it's still a shame, because it probably is a broken dam: Sure more will follow nuclear, and the power companies will feel the urge to search for alternatives, even fewer. Unless, the resistance it creates really, Exert influence to, what we currently have doubted.


Actually, I wanted to write about a lot more, But I just did not have the leisure to do so. And so is this just a side note: At the 9. June, published the results of a committee to study the nuclear disaster at Fukushima. According to the investigation because wearing the then Prime Minister Kan and his office (“Kantei”, see Wikipedia) a major blame for the disaster caused by disproportionate involvement in the events (O-Ton: Excessive intervention, see here (Jiji)). According to representatives of TEPCO, it is not been so, TEPCO that on the night 14. to 15. Wanted to withdraw all workers from the March exploding nuclear, but “wanted to leave some people a few”. The claim, Kan was due to it, that the NPP was not left to their own, is therefore a legend and his involvement in the events of rather disturbing therefore been.

Hmm. This smells very strongly to… I do not know. The Contender? Gag? TEPCO, The angel in distress, who made everything right - but was disturbed by the government? A really thought Impetuous, considering the chaos after the tsunami, TEPCO. And after more than a year, suddenly he says,, “We actually had everything under control?”. What a stale joke.