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    Hi Blog. Here’s Aso’s final email mag, with his capitulation, kinda.  No gracious nods to the victors (perhaps because the LDP has never been so soundly the non-victor).  Note how the major issue Aso mentions below, other than the usual fluff about serving the people, is his stance against North Korea. Maybe that in the end is not “the essence of conservative politics”, but of LDP politics:   scare the electorate into accepting the status quo, since who know what lies ahead if you ever diverge from the precedented path? Fortunately, it didn’t sell this election. Arudou Debito in Shikoku


    From: “Cabinet”
    Date: September 3, 2009 14:32:38 GMT+09:00
    Subject: [Aso Cabinet E-mail Magazine No.44] (September 3, 2009)

    Aso Cabinet E-mail Magazine No.44 (September 3, 2009)

    Thank you very much for subscribing to the Aso Cabinet E-mail

    *** Notification from the Cabinet Public Relations Office ***
    Please be informed that the Cabinet Public Relations Office may
    send you e-mails regarding the e-mail magazine.


    “Politics will continue”
    — Message from the Prime Minister (Provisional Translation)

    In the recent general election of members of the House of
    Representatives, we failed to meet the expectations of the people
    with a regrettable result.

    I accept with sincerity the people’s dissatisfaction with the
    government and ruling parties and criticism toward them.

    We must seriously reflect upon matters such as whether we responded
    effectively to the people’s dissatisfaction over the various social
    issues, including the disparity issue and the sense of helplessness
    in the society, and whether we sent out a message on policies fully
    and unfailingly.

    I have boldly advanced policies, placing the foremost priority on
    reviving the economy.

    Japan was facing a historic global recession and experiencing
    a downturn of its economy when I assumed the office of
    Prime Minister on September 24 last year. At that time, I had given
    priority to policy over politics, or economic and unemployment
    countermeasures over a general election, in order to safeguard the
    daily lives of the Japanese people.

    Abnormal circumstances require extraordinary countermeasures;
    we have passed four budgets in six months. This could not have been
    realized were bureaucrats to take the rein. The result was a 3.7%
    annualized real economic growth rate for April to June this year,
    the highest rate among the developed nations. The economic
    countermeasures have thus started to bring about their results.

    Yet, we have only reached half-way. If we were to think of the
    people’s daily lives, I am convinced that I have made the right
    decision to prioritize policy over politics.

    I am also confident that I have advanced the correct policies on
    the North Korean issue, the fight against terrorism, and measures
    to counter piracy, with an aim to safeguard the nation and the

    However, my inadequacy led to this result. I offer a frank apology
    and take sincere heed of the people’s voice, determined to make
    a fresh start. Safeguard what must be safeguarded. Reform to
    safeguard what must be safeguarded. Change what must be changed.
    This is the essence of conservative politics.

    I would like to express my gratitude to all the readers of this
    e-mail magazine for having taken the time to read it. The various
    opinions for criticism and encouragement have all spurred me on and
    given me the courage to drive forward policies. Thank you so very

    I pledge that I will continue to make my utmost efforts and achieve
    politics that meets public expectations.

    * Profile of the Prime Minister

    [What’s New in Government Internet TV]

    <1ch>Prime Minister
    [Prime Minister’s Week in Review]
    – The Prime Minister Attends the Memorial Ceremony for the War Dead
    and other topics (August 3 – 16, 2009)

    * Please click below to open “Japanese Government Internet TV”
    in English.

    [What’s up around the Prime Minister]

    – Consumer Committee (September 1, 2009) and other topics

    * Please click below to open the online magazine
    “Highlighting JAPAN,” which introduces the main policies of
    the Japanese Government, as well as Japan’s arts, culture,
    science and technology, among other topics.

    [Aso Cabinet E-mail Magazine]

    – Click below to make comments on this e-mail magazine

    – Subscription, cancellation, and backnumber of this e-mail

    General Editor : Prime Minister Taro Aso
    Chief Editor : Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Jun Matsumoto
    Publication : Cabinet Public Relations Office
    1-6-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8968, Japan

    5 Responses to “Former PM Aso’s last mail magazine: still a sore loser”

    1. jim Says:

      he sounds like a sore loser, he should of saved his party and resigned a year ago.he was the captain of the titanic hahaha
      at least he paid for my dinner at outback steak house with the 12,000yen that he gave me in a cash handout

    2. Deepspacebeans Says:

      “reform to safeguard what must be safeguarded”

      Change to make sure things stay the same.

      I like this whole, “I was willing to forsake the electorate for the good of the country” delusion. Playing the martyr of conservative politics is a class act.

    3. Dan Lukezic Says:

      That’s shocking! Not even an offer of goodwill or good luck to the next PM. Wow, Aso really was a “sorry” daijin.

    4. john k Says:

      I suppose a constantly falling approval rating is not indactive enough for him to realise he is out of tune with the times…..only an election has made his arrogance see that not everyone agrees with him…..yet still doesn’t accept it! Such blinding arrogance….which is what the ‘old guard’ expect neh?..don’t question..just do!

    5. jonholmes Says:

      Most of what Aso wrote isn’t so bad, but its not particularly meaningful. 4 budgets in a year indicates the desperation. He was just the monkey that sat on the top of a rotting edifice called The Liberal Democrat Party, a misnomer if ever there was one. Its not liberal, its not democratic (behind closed doors) and its not even a party, but rather an umbrella organization of disparate sects.

      The folly-the arrogance- of Aso, the man who would be king, was that he thought he could make a difference in this Scylla and Chabylis position. He, like Obuchi (RIP), Fukuda, and Abe, would ve given up before long in any case. He visibly aged while in office.

      On the contrary, the LDP WAS (past tense) the group LEAST fit to govern, as it was too wide and unwieldy to pass any change of significance.

      I m looking forward to Minshito freeing the Japanese people from the white collar slavery of 14 hour days and 35%tax/insurance they labor under.

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