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Rolando_jose



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 9:16 am Reply with quote
Let's see how he does. At least for me he looks too stubborn to quit as his former party mates.
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Daimao Raki



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 9:17 am Reply with quote
Wow, I can't believe this is happening.
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saiyajedi



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 9:55 am Reply with quote
Daimao Raki wrote:
Wow, I can't believe this is happening.

Yeah, I am not pleased. When you're dealing with the LDP, it's really a least-of-several-evils situation, but Aso was definitely not my top choice. Things tend to pretty much stay the same in Japan no matter what, so hopefully he doesn't screw with things too much...
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Mr. Just-A-Guy



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 11:40 am Reply with quote
"Also last year, he said that Americans could not solve the Middle East crisis because they have blond hair and blue eyes"

LOL, a guy like that as a Prime Minister... Truly hilarious.

PS: I'm not American, I'm from South America
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Dargonxtc



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 12:03 pm Reply with quote
Well, I don't agree with everything the man has said. But leaders who offend nobody and kowtow to every group rarely accomplish anything of any worth. So a shake up may be good for the country at this point, maybe something will actually happen.
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fighterholic



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 12:19 pm Reply with quote
From what I've heard, he isn't afraid what he thinks is on his mind. Which should make things interesting, especially when he meets with whomever takes over the White House. I can only imagine what he would say to either candidates.
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marzipan.dragon



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 12:44 pm Reply with quote
Interesting times. Shocked
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DarkMirage



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 12:54 pm Reply with quote
Rozen Aso!

Lol.
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Kyogissun



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 12:56 pm Reply with quote
*facepalm*

I pray to god he got elected over more than being a manga fan.
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Richard J.



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 12:58 pm Reply with quote
Mr. Just-A-Guy wrote:
"Also last year, he said that Americans could not solve the Middle East crisis because they have blond hair and blue eyes"

LOL, a guy like that as a Prime Minister... Truly hilarious.
I don't know, aside from being a tactless statement there's a degree of truth to it. People automatically asign a greater degree of trust to people who look like they do. It's an unfortunate, scientifically analyzed reality of human nature.

Racial and ethnic politics aren't exactly easy to deal with when the differences between groups are, literally, color-coded.

Mr. Just-A-Guy wrote:
PS: I'm not American, I'm from South America
Take a road trip North and a slightly annoying hike and you can recitify that situation. Just lay low till the amnesty kicks in. Wink
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aluria



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 1:05 pm Reply with quote
Don't know much about him but I like that he's not afraid to ruffle people's feathers. I hope he does well by Japan.
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Mohawk52



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 3:46 pm Reply with quote
Richard J. wrote:
Mr. Just-A-Guy wrote:
"Also last year, he said that Americans could not solve the Middle East crisis because they have blond hair and blue eyes"

LOL, a guy like that as a Prime Minister... Truly hilarious.
I don't know, aside from being a tactless statement there's a degree of truth to it. People automatically asign a greater degree of trust to people who look like they do. It's an unfortunate, scientifically analyzed reality of human nature.

Racial and ethnic politics aren't exactly easy to deal with when the differences between groups are, literally, color-coded.
Well it sure helped being Japanese in Iraq, didn't it? Rolling Eyes There will be some interesting times in Japan in the near future then? I'm very sceptical of a political system that allows its leader to be chosen by basically a party commitee, instead of a general election by the people of the nation. That's how our Gordon Brown got to be PM, and Britain is suffering even more than under Blair. It's just not cricket.
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v1cious



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 3:52 pm Reply with quote
the guy sounds like Bush. good thing his power is limited.
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Hon'ya-chan



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:00 pm Reply with quote
Kyogissun wrote:
*facepalm*

I pray to god he got elected over more than being a manga fan.


He got elected over his Pro-Gundam platform. But knowing politicians, we're gonna get something akin to a Labor.
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The Xenos



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 6:23 pm Reply with quote
Kyogissun wrote:
*facepalm*

I pray to god he got elected over more than being a manga fan.


Yeah. I think he got elected because he's a conservative nationalist nut job and for some reason that resonates with the Japanese people.

Wait.. that's even worse. Confused
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