Hashimoto criticizes DPJ policies, praises Ozawa on Twitter
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto made comments about the Democratic Party of Japan’s policies on Twitter minutes after his talks with Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara on April 4.
According to Sankei Shimbun, Hashimoto, who has championed Twitter as a way of engaging with the electorate, criticized Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s approach, writing, “It’s unbelievable that they’re planning to dispense with the vote and increase taxes.”
He went on to say that former DPJ leader Ichiro Ozawa, now dubbed the “shadow shogun,” was “behaving more logically like a DPJ politician” than Noda.
Hashimoto tweeted that Ozawa is considering making local governments responsible for collecting and raising taxes. Under such a system, for which Hashimoto expressed his support, local areas would no longer receive taxes from national government.
He later wrote, “I don’t deny the need to collect more taxes, I just oppose the way this DPJ is going about it.”
Further ideas mentioned, included a possible reduction of the number of Diet members, as well as a reduction of individual annual expense budgets, a pay cut for public employees and a revision of the pension system, Sankei reported.