Hashimoto pledges action, not words

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    Michael Craig

    Hash-Ish? Shouldn't that be "Hashi-Ishi"?

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    Michael Craig

    Or better yet, "Icchi-Sukuracchi"!

    Get it!? "itchy and Scratchy" from "The Simpsons"!

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    Michael Craig

    British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst preached something like this...

    ...and she was thrown in prison for it!

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    JapanGal

    It is about time the inefficient farmers in this country get put in their place. What is wrong with this place?

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    fds

    What is wrong with this place? in a word "politicians"

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    AKBfan

    They all pledge action but the workings of Nagatocho and Kasumigaseki will lead to stasis and more of the same.

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    GW

    What a sec I thought this twit wasnt even running the election, ishi neither, something wrong here if they are going to be doing all this action!

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    Ewan Huzarmy

    Hash-ish ! Are they trying to appeal to the stoners, who have just had their herbs banned ?

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    combinibento

    Hashimoto pledges action, not words

    That's good because so far his words have only been good for bad headlines.

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    timtak

    It is about time the inefficient farmers in this country get put in their place. What is wrong with this place? Well yes...but... at the same time....

    The Japanese were until very recently a nation of farmers, about half the Japanese population sees themselves as recent descendents of farmers.

    With industrial revolutions, farming was modernised at various times around the world, resulting in great hardship for pre-modernised farmers. As increasingly modern techniques and machinery arrived, tennant farmers, and harvesters were sacked or not reemployed. In Japan, however, land reform came before extensive modernisation. The Japanese farmers can not be sacked, or "not-reemployed," they will need to be bancrupted out of the regions for their to be agricultural economies of scale (but see below - economies of scale are difficult anyway).

    Lacking large areas of flat agricultural land, little can be done to greatly improve efficiency. Economies of scale do not work when farm size is controlled by the size of valleys rather than land ownership. In the face of competition from states with large areas of flat land, open international competition may mean that a lot of Japanese agriculture simply disappears rather than becomes more efficient,

    Japan has a very low level of food self sufficiency, thus increasing Japanese food dependency on other states. Japan's main supplier, the US, has been know to embargo grain sales (to the Soviet Union) for political reasons.

    Despite rapid post war urbanisation, Japan remains less urbanised than many industrial countries (about as urbanised as Ireland). But with geographically cramped, crowded cities and, thanks to the media and kinship ties, greater awareness of suffering in the regions, both increases in urban population, and the deplition of of rural population ("kasouka") are seen as social problems. They probably always were. Urbanisation is generally a period of labour (in the birthing sense) that industrial states need to go through but most of them went through it in the past, when morals, media, and general human well-being were less sensisitive or developed.

    Finally, some good news, apparently Japanese industrial growth has corresponded with periods of high urbanisation. I am not sure why. Perhaps Japanese farmers, their sons and daughters, work harder for lower wages. It could even be argued that with the Westernisation of Japan, to an extent, the rural Japanese are last cultural Japanese, the last of those that powered the "Japanese econmic miracle". If the last of the Japanese rurual population are forced out of the regions, then this may result in (I hope not the last) Japanese economic revival.

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    comarade_captain

    “The Japanese government has tumbled but neither Tokyo nor Osaka fell,”

    This is the most naives statement has ever heard of in the politics world! Ruling a local government , a city is far simple than running a state! This is an errornous theory and giving 'FALSE HOPES' to the public! Thats why I said both of them were 'out of touch' with this real world! Like MIchiko Tanak remarked Ishihara is a reckless old man, I think her excellence better adding 'Two reckless man from two different generations'! The japanese political woes wasnt just 'the older generation' problem but the entire cultural problem! Even young generation japanese were misleaded by their own parents! that is realyl a big problem!

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    comarade_captain

    Critics charge the two are ideologically incompatible and say their jerry-rigged coalition is almost bound to fall apart down the road.

    That party fell miserably before the election! Who is going to donate money to Mr Hashimoto? Not even Ishihara will!

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    wackness

    Words lead to logic and reason, not good for nationalistic knee-jerk politics like these.

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