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  • Thursday, June 23, 2005

    Koizumi in trouble

    Today in Samawa Iraq, a bomb blast hit a convoy of 4 Japanese APCs in Samawa Iraq. According to one of my students who is a civilian bureaucrat in the Japanese Defense Agency, no one was injured and there was minor damage to one vehicle. He tells me that no one at the Defence Agency is concerned about the event, but politically it could spell the end of the Prime Minister. At the time the troops were to be deployed, Prime Minister Koizumi promised that the Self Defence Force soldiers would not be in harm's way and said that if there was some event such as a bombing, he would resign. Tonight, he faces a tough choice: resign or lose even more credibility and a further slide in his plummetting popularity. Update: The Japanese news websites are astoundingly slow. There is scant coverage on the net - it's mostly on TV - but there is the following from Kyodo: Japan Troop Vehicle Damaged... It makes no mention of the debate sparked up yesterday in the Diet. The Mainichi is not much better: SDF vehicle damaged in explosion in Iraq

    3 Comments:

    At 6/23/2005 06:25:00 pm, Blogger Voice 1 said...

    Please do keep us updated djeb.

     
    At 6/24/2005 04:12:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I would have thought he Japanese would be made of sterner stuff than to bail out after one incident, they had to realise it was inevitable.

     
    At 6/24/2005 11:12:00 pm, Blogger DJEB said...

    Your comment reflects your utter ignorance of Japanese law, politics and opinion. It's hard to miss the second part - I mentioned it in the post. As for the first part, read Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution. As for the third part, well, apparently you weren't following the news in early 2003.

     

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