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I swear I’m not making this up

September 30, 2008

When Taro Aso took over as Prime Minister, the silver lining was that perhaps we could look forward to a bit of inadvertant entertainment of the sort so lacking in his predecessors Abe and Fukuda.

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But nothing quite like this.

After 4 days in the job, newly-appointed cabinet minister Nariaki Nakayama (right) has quit his post.  In less than a week he managed to refer to Japan’s biggest teaching union as “a cancer”, and picked at the  ‘Japan is ethnically homogeneous’ scab.

But the icing on the cake was when he told a press conference that Japanese people

“definitely … do not like or desire foreigners”.

Nakayama was the Tourism Minister.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Ian permalink
    September 30, 2008 4:06 am

    But on the plus side – it is refreshingly honest.

    Can’t wait for Gordon Brown to reveal how he really cocked the economy up

  2. September 30, 2008 12:07 pm

    Honesty, though… Never a good policy for a career-minded politician.

  3. jyankee permalink
    October 1, 2008 12:39 pm

    Yep…I know…. Whatever happened to the “politician’s response”….?

  4. Ian permalink
    October 4, 2008 8:33 pm

    Mate, Mandleson is back in government? The lunatics are running the asylum. We are all doomed…

  5. October 4, 2008 10:28 pm

    Pure comedy, mate. Is this Gordon demonstrating the extent of his fresh, new, forward-thinking ideas? Dear oh dear.

  6. October 6, 2008 7:18 am

    He’s just echoing the cryptic feelings of Aso, scion of a wartime POW-slave owning family company who inherited his LDP seat in what is often seriously called a democracy…

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