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Scandal Ridden Japanese Minister Commits Suicide

Kjeld Duits, Monday, May 28, 2007 Posted: 04:03 PM JST

Japanese Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Toshikatsu Matsuoka committed suicide today. He was found at his apartment at 12:18 PM Japanese time and taken to a Tokyo Hospital. At 2:00 PM he was declared dead.


Japan's Politics of Cultural Shame

Kjeld Duits, Sunday, May 20, 2007 Posted: 04:02 PM JST

(by Masaru Tamamoto) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to cast off the post-World War II order and transform Japan into "a beautiful country" filled with pride and confidence. This is the slogan of his premiership. It is as if he believes that Japan has sunk into a state of moral degradation since 1945, and is in need of salvation. It is almost as though he wants to turn back the clock to 1945 and start anew. he is concerned less about guilt over Japanese aggression during World War II than about the shame of not having dealt with the consequences of defeat.


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