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  • Stepping away from blog for a day or three

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on August 16th, 2009

    Hi Blog.  Just to let you know, I’ll be cycling Hokkaido for the next couple of days.  I doubt I’ll be near an internet cafe for awhile, so please be patient if your comments take some time to be approved.  Thanks for reading and writing to Debito.org.  Arudou Debito

    3 Responses to “Stepping away from blog for a day or three”

    1. snowman Says:

      Good cycling trip Debito, hope the weather holds up. And mind you don’t eat at Macdonalds!

      – Won’t!

    2. Marius Says:

      お疲れ様です。

    3. John Says:

      Hopefully you are not cycling near any politicians wielding microphones. Gotta love this passage from the news today:

      “Down in polls, Aso says only LDP can provide security”, Wednesday, Japan Times.

      http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20090819a6.html

      Aso also expressed his disapproval of DPJ President Yukio Hatoyama’s willingness to give local-level suffrage to foreign nationals with permanent residency.

      “Hatoyama says that Japan is not a country just for Japanese, but if that is the case, then whose country is it for?” Aso asked. “Honestly speaking, this isn’t something that will be resolved by just granting (foreigners) suffrage and it is likely that there will be many more difficult problems.”

      While many lawmakers in the DPJ and New Komeito are for granting foreigners the right to vote in local elections, many conservative LDP members have expressed strong reluctance.

      The prime minister added that the number of descendants of Koreans who lived in Japan before the war and were forced to take Japanese nationality at that time is declining and that “we must consider various things like whether (suffrage for foreigners) is even necessary.”

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