Abe visits flood-hit city as rescuers search for missing

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  • 2

    BertieWooster

    Ah yes, the sympathy vote.

    Milk it, Abe, milk it!

  • -1

    wtfjapan

    Milk it, Abe, milk it! yes he`ll milk it , milk it hard, for all its worth, even if it draws blood

  • 5

    warispeace

    Abe: "Don't worry everyone, we are spending billions of yen on the Olympics, which will cheer you up."

  • 3

    SimonUK

    Just what those poor people needed another drip arriving on the door step

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    wipeout

    Ah yes, the sympathy vote. Milk it, Abe, milk it!

    Just out of interest, are you suggesting he should have stayed away?

    I ask because national leaders are often criticised if they don't put in an appearance at a disaster area. So they are generally expected to a) turn up and b) say something instead of remaining mute.

    Abe has turned up, and said something. This seems like one of those rare times where even if you dislike Abe, there is no particular reason to criticise his actions.

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    FightingViking

    @wipeout

    I ask because national leaders are often criticised if they don't put in an appearance at a disaster area. So they are generally expected to a) turn up and b) say something instead of remaining mute.

    Abe has turned up, and said something. This seems like one of those rare times where even if you dislike Abe, there is no particular reason to criticise his actions

    and you just answered your own question... Abé doesn't want his "ratings" to fall any further... His "concern" is just about as "deeply felt" and "true" as the "fabricated" apology he recently gave concerning the atrocities of WW2.

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    Brainiac

    I see no problem with the prime minister visiting the flooded area. He is exercising good leadership, just as any leaders would in similar situations. Unfortunately, it sticks in the craw of the Abe-haters on JT. They can't bring themselves to say he did the right thing. If he didn't go, you would criticize him. If he does go, you criticize him. Some of you should learn to be objective.

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    harvey pekar

    “We’re doing our best to make things safe by reconstructing the broken (river) bank as quickly as possible to prevent a repeat of this disaster"...

    "And when I say as quickly as possible, I mean after the Olympics stadium... and oh yeah, after that whole Tohoku and Fukushima thing, so relatively speaking quickly as possible."

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    wipeout

    and you just answered your own question... Abé doesn't want his "ratings" to fall any further... His "concern" is just about as "deeply felt" and "true" as the "fabricated" apology he recently gave concerning the atrocities of WW2

    No, the question stands. I would be interested for anyone criticising him for going to Joso to follow through by facing the point honestly, and actually say whether they believe he should have stayed away. And if so, why.

    If they agree with me - and with convention - that he shouldn't have stayed away, then he fulfilled an obligation by going. Then the question becomes, were his words or actions inappropriate in some way? I think a few platitudes would be expected from him or any leader at a time like this: he's not going to rip into anyone for not making the embankment strong enough, yell at rescue workers and town officials, break down and weep, or do anything dramatic.

    The war, and wartime atrocities, have no relevance. You should be embarrassed that you're trying to make that link. There's no problem with people hating Abe, but as the Prime Minister, if he visits a disaster zone, it shouldn't become just one more reason to kick him in the nuts.

  • 7

    itsonlyrocknroll

    Whatever opinion one has of Abe san personally, first and foremost Abe san is an elected head of government, any Japanese Prime Minister would be duty bound visiting a flood disaster spanning an area of 32 square kilometres

  • -3

    smithinjapan

    "Abe: "Don't worry everyone, we are spending billions of yen on the Olympics, which will cheer you up.""

    I said something like this the other day, and that they should use that money for cleaning and reconstruction, and it was "off topic".

    In any case, yes, he would be ridiculed if he did not show up, but that's the only reason he IS showing up. I don't really see him pledging anything that is not being done, or addressing the water that was 'flooded into the ocean' at the Fukushima plant. Nor did I see him when this was happening doing anything but trying to push through his security legislation, which no doubt he'll return to after the photo op is finished.

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    Mitsuo Matsuyama

    Exactly Brainiac. I think the same thing. People here will criticize Premier Shinzo Abe regardless of what he will do or not. JapanToday users are criticizing his visit to this place, but those users would criticize him for not visiting these cities and regions too.

    I know a country where certain region were affected by flood and after this the president of this country ignored those victims.

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    itsonlyrocknroll

    The test now Abe has visited the disaster area, is for the ruling government to announce a clear decisive recovery plan. Presented in a manner detailing additional dedicated resources, underpinned by matching immediate relief funding directly to the community. Let's not revisit in 18 months time and witness residents still living in temporary accommodation.

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    Wc626

    The Japanese leader reviewed the extensive damage from a military helicopter and met with evacuees at a shelter.

    Is he just 'going through the motions' like most leaders, or does he sincerely care? I sometimes criticize Abe in these forums, but today I won't.

    Today was a nice sunny day. PM Abe could've played golf, relaxed, taken Akie out on the town (LoL). But no, he actually went to see those towns and it's people. Good for him.

  • 3

    toshiko

    WIPEOUT; You should realize that no matter what abe dues, there are always same comment writers such as Bertie who love to have chance to bash Abe .
  • 0

    luvjpfam

    First time i agree with wc626. Abe did what he is supposed to do. As i mentioned before, a lot of Hateimus Japonicus on this site.

  • 0

    seraphine

    Very unfortunate for all those living there. Hope Japanese govt will support these people by diverting somw of the unnecessary and obviously unpopular funds away from defence or Olympics to more tangible and humanitarian causes that the Japanese People really want

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    wipeout

    @smithinjapan

    In any case, yes, he would be ridiculed if he did not show up, but that's the only reason he IS showing up.

    The only reason. How would you know that?

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    toshiko

    g'ad he met victims and he eyed by himself instead of reading or listening report or opinion of somebody else.

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    No Ginger

    @SimonUK

    Just what those poor people needed another drip arriving on the door step

    Or another wet blanket

  • -1

    toshiko

    I just watched local news tdat mentioned Jpn and states about this story. For a while I did not know who visited there, So, I just got curiosity how you people pronounce Abe;s name. news lady said as if Lincoln's first name.

    I am waiting to learn what he will do instead of speculating, not insulting victims with joking on their miserable situation that I consider worse than delayed action.

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