Monday, June 20, 2016

"Corée du Nord, un État-guérilla en mutation" "North Korea, a state-guerrilla changing" by Philippe Pons - Gallimard

Philippe Pons kindly offered me his latest book "Corée du Nord, un État-guérilla en mutation" 
"North Korea, a state-guerrilla changing"


I started to read the book, 720 pages. I am very thankful to my "Senpai 先輩" Ponsさん. The very first contact I had with DPRK was during my assignment years ago in Peking, observing delegations visiting China and sharing international cultural exchanges programmes in China.

Other reports drove me to meet north Koreans in Thailand, Burma and Japan. DPRK is a totalitarian regime which does not invite journalists to report freely. Pons testimony is all the most precious and I do acknowledge the many years of observation and attraction for this unknown country on a peninsula whose history of division and atrocities require more than assassins statements but patience and research, which is exactly what my honorable and esteemed colleague Philippe Pons devoted for decades.

Here is what Gallimard publisher has to say about the book:
La Corée du Nord est le pays le plus haï, mais aussi le plus mal connu de la planète.
Comprendre les ressorts d’un système totalitaire sans équivalent par son monolithisme idéologique, l’inscrire dans son espace et dans son temps pour en saisir l’ancrage et décrypter le fonctionnement d’une économie émergente, de facto de marché : tel est l’objet de ce livre.
La Corée du Nord est le fruit d'une histoire disputée : colonisée par le Japon (1910-1945) puis divisée par les États-Unis et l'URSS en 1945, partition entérinée trois ans plus tard et contestée par une guerre fratricide (1950-1953), et restée depuis sans traité de paix.
Kim Il Sung au pouvoir a élevé la lutte de libération au rang de récit fondateur et organisé le pays sur le modèle d'une unité de guérilla, entretenant la population dans une mentalité d'assiégé permanent. La résilience de cet «État-guérilla» est sans doute à chercher moins dans son caractère stalinien que dans un nationalisme invétéré.
La Corée du Nord évolue néanmoins vers une économie hybride, où la frontière entre secteur public et initiative privée est de plus en plus floue et qui génère de profondes mutations sociales.
Cette évolution interne a pour toile de fond des enjeux géostratégiques : les risques entraînés par les ambitions nucléaires de Pyongyang, les visées hégémoniques du puissant voisin chinois et le retour de la Russie dans le Grand Jeu diplomatique.
720 pages, sous couverture illustrée, 152 x 240 mm
Collection La Suite des temps, Gallimard
Parution : 22-04-2016
ISBN : 9782070142491 - Gencode : 9782070142491 - Code distributeur : A14249

Upper House July 10 2016 election ahead - My comments on TBS Sunday Morning 06/19/2016

June 19th, 2016 aired on "TBS Sunday Morning" political show about all suspicions linked to the resignation of Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe and coming election.

VDO https://youtu.be/sI82XcLqRCI

En Français: "fondamentalement, je veux dire, il y a un scandale olympique et maintenant un scandale Masuzoe et puis maintenant un rideau, un écran de fumée pour essayer de dire oh, nous allons nettoyer la société..." J'ai parlé durant l'interview de ~12 minutes sur TBS de ce qui intéressait particulièrement les japonais dans cette élection ouverte aux jeunes de 18 ans, éducation, job, retraite, santé, problème de logement et ce qui concerne les jeunes couples, les enfants et les personnes âgées, remettant en cause les focus d'Abe et les obsessions qu'il a pour la constitution, la défaite, pour la guerre et l'histoire et pour la sécurité et les menaces chinoises en disant qu'il y avait des dizaines de milliers de chinois en ballade au Japon en concluant sur la nécessité de tourner une autre page de l'histoire contemporaine du Japon en écoutant davantage les gens, les scientifiques, les intellectuels, la rue, les jeunes... évidemment c'est l'enfumage par Abe qui l'a emporté auprès de l'éditeur du programme. 06/19/2016 on TBS Sunday Morning http://www.tbs.co.jp/sunday/

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Charles Aznavour in Tokyo "We must continue to talk about it" (Fukushima)


Dinner of solidarity 06/17/2016 at Embassy of France in Tokyo for Fukushima with cooking of local Fukushima food by French Chefs to deter the rumours of radioactivity. Star singer Charles Aznavour attended. But he had a message, he loves Japanese people, his public.

About Fukushima catastrophe Charles Aznavour had this to say answering to a Japanese young reporter: "...things mustn't disappear like that. We must continue to talk about it (Fukushima) precisely so that everyone is concerned" Fr: "Il ne faut pas que les choses disparaissent comme cela, il faut continuer à en parler, justement pour que tout le monde soit préoccupé".

Actually I was the first to jump into the Aznavour interview. I asked, and filmed the question as everyone watched silently the entrance of the star-singer in the embassy lobby, Aznavour about he reason of his presence to this dinner (promoting Fukushima food). But the singer said he had problems to hear as he had not his hearing improvement equipment.

During the first part of the event attended by Fukushima governor Uchibori and minister of reconstruction Takagi and Ambassador Dana, much has been said by all three about the "rumours" affecting Fukushima agricultural products. Rumours of radioactivity. Rumours denied by ambassador Dana and Governor Uchibori in a brief Q & A session in answer to one Q of a French freelance journalist. "Much remains to be done obviously to deny these rumours (of radioactivity) said Ambassador Dana.

Needless to say that there was a moment of crisis as diplomats and officials were not prepared to such question-criticism-comment about Fukushima food. Obviously too not all journalists were willing to grill officials about the alleged harmfulness of Fukushima agricultural and fishery products.
This being said Aznavour saved their day. He actually told me he had sent a letter to Japanese of the region concerned after the earthquake March 11 2011.

Aznavour Dinner ©Joel Legendre-Koizumi 2016Tokyo
Aznavour Dinner ©Joel Legendre-Koizumi 2016Tokyo
©Joel Legendre-Koizumi 2016Tokyo

Aznavour gave three concerts in Japan this year 2016, he came several time here. In 1998, Aznavour was named Entertainer of the Century by CNN and users of Time Online from around the globe. He was recognised as the century's outstanding performer edging out Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan..."

Some of the 703 songs of Charles Aznavour I noticed this one "The Earth dies" this recent song by Charles Aznavour sums up well all the adverse consequences caused by man and his activities on the Earth and its inhabitants. "La Terre meurt" chanson récente de Charles Aznavour nous résume bien toutes les conséquences néfastes engendrées par l'homme et ses activités sur la Terre et ses habitants.
"Réveillons-nous!"

Other famous Aznavour songs
"She" 


Jlk2016Tokyo@Aznavour

Sunday, June 05, 2016

"I don't think Xi Jinping is a reformist but Deng Xiaoping was" Wang Dan - Tiananmen

Wang Dan 27 years after June 1989-Tiananmen



1989 Tiananmen activist on China leader Xi. Wang was 20 in 1989, he was our invited guest at the press club June 4th 2016.

I asked 2 questions to Wang Dan: The first about China under Xi Jinping today and a second about statesman Deng Xiaoping era. On this point about Deng Xiaoping I testified of my experience in Peking (my 1st work assignment for France Inter and RFI before "Tiananmen"). China at that time I said to Wang Dan, then 20, lived an amazing freedom, liberalisation and reforms set by Deng followed by the early challenges to the CCP. I also talked with Wang Dan after-while and quoted examples with some of my first meetings, dinners, Beijing opera, lectures, with Chinese top leaders in late 80's in Peking.

Fccj, Tokyo, June 4 conference by Wang Dan on the 27th anniversary of Tiananmen democracy movement.

VDO https://youtu.be/Lhit8ZLVQN8

Xi Jinping is General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, the President of the People's Republic of China, and the Chairman of China's Central Military Commission.

Pic 1 Wuer Kaixi (center) delivers a speech. With him is Chai Ling (left) and Wang Dan (right).
Pic 2 Xi and larger Mao Zedong
Pic 1989: Students Meeting at Tiananmen
Pic 3 at the press club, Tokyo.
Pic Tiananmen
http://www.standoffattiananmen.com/search/label/Wang%20Dan%20%28王丹%29
http://flashbak.com/tiananmen-square-massacre-prelude-to-massacre-in-55-photos-600/


 Deng Xiaoping walking with his grandson 

I always was interested in the life of Deng Xiaoping. Deng early life drove him to France and in my family ふるさと homeland, Normandie, Bayeux exactly, on October 21st 1920. The young Chinese man who was to become the leader of the People's Republic of China confronted his life to a modern and powerful France, and so were France's politics and unions.

Deng Xiaoping should have never left Normandie, and it would have changed the world history. Instead he opted, penniless, for the industrial nightmarish life of a labourer in "Le Creusot" France, then to the Hutchinson-Montargis and finally at Renault-Billancourt! Eventually, Deng Xiaoping went on with his political career while building cars and making an extra Franc in a Tofu restaurant, and gathered with his friends, one being Zhou Enlai. They created in 1922 the Chinese Youth Communist party in Europe for Chinese and gathered in a Paris café near Place d'Italie while editing the "Red Light" party paper. Deng joined and took more importance in the group, became close to Zhou Enlai and as their group caught French police attention, Deng left France January 7th 1926, just one day before to be arrested by French police.

My blog reader might wonder why I mention all of these details... It is because I was assigned during my job at the Chinese ministry of Television and Radio in the late 1980's in Peking to study all documents related to this period of life of Deng Xiaoping in the 1920's. My job was to study, explain, describe, put into context the offical documents that were in the hands of some Chinese officials, a small group that might have been called upon by the top leader himself, well that's what I was told, and also to keep my mouth shut. I was a very young and straight reporter announcer, quite inexperienced with Chinese leadership methods of power and ruling but I guess they trusted me to describe things. Later on I was invited to attend some international youth parties at the Great Hall of the People 人民大會堂 escorted by my colleague as interpreter (she couldn't believe she was to meet top leaders) where I met Hu Yaobang, Zhao Ziyang and others such as Li Peng in banquets. There  we were allowed to spend time and chat. It was maybe the beginning of a new history.





Sunday, May 29, 2016

Il y a 71 ans, la mort est tombée du ciel - Barack Obama - Hiroshima 27 Mai 2016 reportage


Le Président américain Barack Obama s'est rendu vendredi à Hiroshima au Japon afin de rendre hommage de la bombe américaine larguée le 6 aout 1945.  Il est le premier Président américain en exercice à se rendre dans cette ville japonaise. Comme prévu, Barack Obama n'a pas présenté des excuses au Japon au nom de l'Amérique. Après avoir déposé une couronne de fleurs devant le cénotaphe du mémorial de la paix d’Hiroshima et s’être recueilli, les yeux fermés, au côté du Premier ministre japonais, Shinzo Abe, Barack Obama s'est adressé aux « hibakusha », les survivants de la bombe atomique qui a fait plus de 210 000 morts au Japon, en août 1945. « Il y a 71 ans, la mort est tombée du ciel », a déclaré le locataire de la Maison-Blanche. 

« Pourquoi sommes-nous venus ici, à Hiroshima ? Nous sommes venus réfléchir à cette force terrible libérée dans un passé pas si lointain. Nous sommes venus pour rendre hommage aux morts. « Leurs âmes nous parlent, elles nous demandent de nous interroger sur nous-mêmes »  a ajouté Barack Obama. La visite historique de Barack Obama au Japon est un signe pour les pays asiatiques qui disposent de l'arsenal nucléaire. La Chine et la Corée du Nord sont dans le viseur.


"A flash of light and a wall of fire destroyed a city, and demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself." "Un éclair de lumière et un mur de feu a détruit une ville, et a démontré que l'humanité avait les moyens de se détruire elle-même."
Barack Obama, Hiroshima Mai 27, 2016

I reported in French on this historical day for RTL and for TV5Monde, TV Canada, Radio Canada, MEDI1 Internationale. Extraits de mes reportages sur RTL et MEDI 1 Int’l

RTL JP 18:00 27 Mai 2016 (à la 11ème minute) 

MEDI1 Int'l (pseudo Noel Clercq)


Update: 📝

I received this letter from one very active volunteer of the Hibakusha association. It answers many questions on the motives of Barack Obama visit to Hiroshima, quote:

Dear Joel
Thank you for coming to Hiroshima and conveying our messages to France. I wish I could understand French!!
I was able to catch Mr ... 's voice. I've send the URL of your report to him.
I've been thinking of your question "what's Hibakusha?" It's a difficult question. I can't answer now. Experiences of Hibakusha are beyond of my imagination.
But I can tell one thing, this historic day have come because of their tireless efforts. An US president and Hibakusha hugged each other in the place where an atomic bomb was dropped!! Who could have imagined ?
I'll never forget this day.
Whenever you come to Hiroshima, please let me know.
R. I.

Unquote







Sunday, May 15, 2016

Quand un mystérieux parfum de soufre balaie Tokyo

"When a mysterious scent of sulfur sweeps Tokyo"

Ukiyo-e "images of the floating world" Ota Museum-Tokyo

Décidément ces jours-ci Tokyo sent le soufre. 1) La candidature de la cité aux jeux Olympiques d'été de 2020 entachée par les enquêtes de la justice sur des cas de corruptions pour "faciliter" l'attribution des J.O. à Tokyo par des pots de vins à des personnages influents du CIO... Merci l'agence de publicité Dentsu semble dire les réseaux sociaux. Accusations et enquêtes par la justice française montrent des personnages indélicats particulièrement actifs dans le monde de l'athlétisme international et du mouvement Olympique. 2) Et maintenant on apprend que le gouverneur de la mégalopole de Tokyo a utilisé (il l'a confessé) l'argent de ses contribuables pour arroser ses contacts influents avant l'élection du Gouverneur - Maire de Tokyo, la mégalopole au plus riche budget municipal au monde. Monsieur Masuzoe, francophile et francophone, ancienne pousse de bambou née sous le premier ministre Takeshita est aussi accusé de dépenses somptuaires lors de ses déplacements outre-mer, explosant les règles et usages lors de ces déplacements professionnels. 3) En fin de course de ce triste palmarès mais pas moins étonnant, choquant, scandaleux, une autre affaire qui scandalise aussi les journalistes japonais qui n'ont pas tous le droit de l'écrire : le Japon accueille le G7, alors que le pays est en récession.

Le Premier Ministre Abe va se servir du G7 d'Isé-Shima pour forcer la main aux pays du G7 pour engager la redistribution d'argent facile sur le marché (l'Allemagne n'est pas contente de cela du tout). Puis monsieur Abe va habilement (sauf catastrophe naturelle, ou acte de terrorisme international) récupérer le G7 (argent frais endettant plus encore le pays) et la visite historique du président américain Obama à Hiroshima pour organiser des élections parlementaires dont il espère naturellement être le principal bénéficiaire. Cela alors que son programme économique des 3 flèches se met à battre de l'aile et que les difficultés et la pauvreté s'accumulent dans de plus en plus d'entreprises, et de foyers de japonais surtout les plus faibles, dans les régions, dans les banlieues de Tokyo. Vainqueurs les puissants politiciens. Perdants, les mauvais politiciens voués aux gémonies (pas habiles et trop bavards sur Twitter comme Masuzoe se vantant d'utiliser avec bonheur l'argent  des "tax payers").

Entubés dans tous les cas de figure: les contribuables japonais. Particulièrement bernés, les habitants du Nord-Est du Japon et de Fukushima (ajoutons les victimes de Kumamoto le mois dernier) régions détruites par le tsunami de 2011 et qui n’ont toujours pas repris leur vie comme avant la catastrophe malgré les obligations morales auxquelles s'engagent les fonctionnaires et les élus lors de leur entrée dans la carrière ou mandat au Japon. Dans ce cas les promesses des politiciens locaux et du gouvernement Abe n'ont pas été bien loin semblent dire des journalistes japonais que je rencontre fréquemment, un peu trop craintifs pour l'écrire ou le dire. Ici, les manipulations, techniques de surveillance et contrôle des individus en tous genres et les sommes dépensées par vanité, avarice, égoïsme nous transportent dans un monde dans lequel Huxley et son brillant élève Orwell auraient des places de choix de conseillers en communication.



(Edited, mise à jour)

Friday, May 13, 2016

Shadow of disgrace on Tokyo 2020 Olympics?

Hakubun Shimomura (L) Moderator Michael Penn (R)

Former minister in charge of sports and education Hakubun Shimomura, on the left of the photography, is also one of ex-persons in charge of Japan Olympics, he is here invited to give a press conference at Fccj to talk about his book on Japan and Ise Jingu (Shrine) region where the G7 is to be held May 26/27 2016. "He oversaw preparations by the Organising Committee for the 2020 Summer Olympics on behalf of the national government in Tokyo before being replaced by Olympics Minister Toshiaki Endo on June 25, 2015" according to press reports. So I asked him about Tokyo 2020 games.

When I asked my question about what he knows about the structure of Tokyo 2020 application for the Olympics, and if there was room for corruption, the translator (brought in by the publisher and not by the club as it is normally) did not translate my question at all as asked. She asked something like what is Japan bidding committee. She did not mention clearly the issue of room for corruption. This was checked by my table people attending (Japanese people and some foreigners having a good command of Japanese language) At Fccj, English is the working language. Shimomura's answer was therefore nothing related to my question while an investigation is conducted about how Rio and Tokyo obtained the games, while Interpol launched an investigation on the topic, and while the matter is "under French police scrutiny" as the international press revealed recently.

It is regrettable that the club did not choose a good interpreter, it is structurally disappointing that the moderator (R on the picture) did not intervene to correct the facts. This Olympic Games issue is watched by justice and police all around the planet, adding to the Billions of people who are fans of the Olympic Games, to the athletes who participate while the Japanese citizens too are tired of corruption which seems to be a Global Value nowadays... This should be clarified. Besides what happened is ethically intolerable situation for the Fccj foreign correspondent's press club and is shocking for those of us, media and accredited journalists, press club's members.

(Translated from French)

http://www.lemonde.fr/jeux-olympiques/article/2016/03/01/attribution-des-jo-de-rio-et-de-tokyo-enquete-sur-des-soupcons-de-corruption_4874689_1616891.html

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/may/11/tokyo-olympics-payment-diack-2020-games

http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/french-prosecutors-probe-2-million-tied-to-2020-tokyo-games

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36278252

Thursday, April 14, 2016

What if a U.S. president decided to pray at Hiroshima?

I worked with one of my RTL France Paris based colleagues on how to describe this hypothetical visit of USA president Barack Obama to Hiroshima in May 2016 along the Ise-Shima G7 Summit. Needless to see that Japan would not mind at all such visit, political gain naturally. It would also help reaffirming to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Japan’s 3 non-nuclear principles. They were adopted in a parliamentary resolution in 1971 but were never adopted into real law. 3 non-nuclear principles that Mr Abe had forgotten in his successive Hiroshima speeches starting August 6, 2013.

The dance of life & the dance of death - Peacenews info

This happening of Obama going to Hiroshima, linked or not with apologies for the first atomic bombing, is very complicated option and quite tricky. If Obama goes, bows and prays, it would be seen as an act of humanity and faith in peace. If he was to choose to apologise for the killing of tens of thousands of innocent civilians, it would risk to transform into a massive disapproval of past US policies during war time. Spin doctors already are on the run and selected Hiroshima victims have been quoted as saying that they do not wish Obama apologies. There is also a risk and the risk is that it would downplay or whitewash Japan's military aggression in Asia, in Indochina, and during the war in the Pacific. Japan has a heavy responsibility but Japanese were transformed into tools of other people hegemony. Majority paid a hard price too.

That's why I recommended Paris to interview a French scholar, Franck Michelin, a rare French expert of Asian wars and world war II at Meiji University, Tokyo. Problem is if the US & Allies & Foes have to go to bow to battle fields and war zones since 19th century, historians might be embarrassed to analyse the reasons and motives why these wars were then launched. And doesn't it open the right for humanitarian and financial compensations? After all, once you apologise, creating a precedent, couldn't the victims "re-request" a "pretium doloris" the price of pain? Beyond Hiroshima and treaties. Let's imagine also Tokyo civilian population whose families were killed, burnt during March 9-10, 1945 Tokyo Bombing, boiled alive in the water of the Sumida river by incendiary napalm bombs. What if a U.S. president decided to pray at Hiroshima? What if a U.S. president say sorry for Hiroshima?

Liberation, invasion, occupation, colonisation? Are we here facing again a US G-7 politics great  scheme of communication on the theme of "Yes we can" go to Hiroshima with the risk that it will be the only agenda and minimise the rest of the G-7 summit, are we to hear true USA sense of guilt or apologies for the bombing of innocent civilians? Is it then to become, simply and naturally, the act of a simple man, watching the daily abomination of war and terrorism and saying at the end of his mandate and visiting Japan: Enough!

But it could be also much more tricky. Aren't we aiming at an offensive plan towards some Asia regional trouble makers such as paranoid North Korea dictatorship? Against a dangerous rival, China?

A bow and a pray by Nobel prize Barack Obama, the U.S. president, 71 years after, in front of Hiroshima Memorial would be most amazing political act of this early 21st century. It would shake favourably and deeply the course of our world and of our history, give courage to the Americans and allies of World War 2. No, it wouldn't be a simple visit and bow, it would generate a formidable course for peace, a powerful political impact on public sentiment and national policies.

Hiroshima was the first city ever attacked using a nuclear weapon. The explosion and then the radiation generated by the A-bomb killed 140 000 people by the end of 1945.

By the way, I read today that Nagasaki requests similar visit by Barack Obama, asking ambassador Caroline Kennedy to make it possible under the "let's make Nagasaki the last place where an atomic bomb was dropped..."

http://www.rtl.fr/actu/international/barack-obama-ira-t-il-a-hiroshima-fin-mai-7782800368

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Les jeunes diplômés japonais sont les plus heureux au monde par Joel Legendre-Koizumi (Noel Clercq)

Ici Radio Canada "Les jeunes diplômés japonais sont les plus heureux au monde" par Joel Legendre-Koizumi (Noel Clercq) "The young Japanese graduates are the happiest in the world"





En costume cravate, tailleur ou en bleu de travail, l’archipel japonais garantit aux jeunes diplômés du travail enfin ceux et celles qui le veulent vraiment. A l'occasion de l'entrée au bureau et usine de ces dizaines de milliers de nouvelles recrues sur le marché du travail en ce début avril, je fais le point sur ce système vraiment particulier au Japon, avec Joane Prince, présentatrice de Infomatin Ici Radio Canada mardi 5 avril 2016, matinale. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The second Ozawa's dream is now: Minshinto 民進党 - The Democratic Party

L: Democratic Party leader Katsuya Okada. 
C: Acting party leader Kenji Eda
R: Secretary General Yukio Edano 

The second Ozawa's dream is now: Minshinto, for a Japan's renewed opposition? Really? Minshinto (民進党 The Democratic Party), formed from the merger between the Democratic Party of Japan and the Japan Innovation Party, officially inaugurated at party convention on March 27, 2016. Not exactly a new party, remember the early 90's... Morihiro Hosokawa 細川 護煕 and Masayoshi Takemura 武村 正義 New Harbinger Party also called New Party Sakigake 新党さきがけ - Shinto Sakigake) centrist party, reformist and moderate Green led by Takemura and among them a person called Naoto Kan who became a diva after revealing the HIV tainted blood scandal in his ministry of Health while in the Hashimoto cabinet.

Masayoshi Takemura 

Hosokawa and Masayoshi Takemura win the July 18, 1993 general election. (1993 RFI Radio France assigned me to Japan, my 1st Foreign Correspondent assignment here after Seoul and Beijing) I saw how Sakigake joined the 8 party coalition led by Morihiro Hosokawa then elected prime minister. It was the first government without the LDP since 1955 ! Japanese rubbed their eyes!! Then Japan witnessed the big inner fight. The coalition government collapsed after 10 months when Socialist Party and New Party Sakigake left the government. I saw Takamura really mad at Hosokawa. Takemura was finance minister in the coalition cabinet led by Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama in July 1994. Some say that Hosokawa government fell apart over the introduction of consumption tax, with Ministry of Finance officials conspiring with Hosokawa to keep coalitions partners in the dark over their plans. Read Brown, J. Robert (1999) in "The Ministry of Finance: Bureaucratic Practices and the Transformation of the Japanese Economy." Greenwood Press. https://goo.gl/srM4HP

The Socialists  decided to form a Grand coalition government with LDP and Sakigake in 1994, returning the LDP to power. That was the mariage of rain and fire. New Party Sakigake working with government of socialists Murayama Tomiichi, for a never imagined sulphurous government coalition of LDP and Japan Socialist Party! In 1998 Sakigake comes back to a conservative stance and in 2001 drops the "New" before it lost all seats at the Diet and changes name to... Green Assembly (みどりの会議 Midori no kaigi)

Interesting that the most resilient conservatives turned to centrist then green before to realign elsewhere... Great book to read by my honorable Facebook friend Gerry Curtis (2013). "The Logic of Japanese Politics: Leaders, Institutions, and the Limits of Change" Columbia University Press
https://goo.gl/eLOQ8H

Kenji Eda has a future if he can become a more smiling and more poisonous politician... Okayama prefecture, Todai, Harvard, ex LDP, then independent, enemy of ex Yoshimi Watanabe (good point) and ended also Japan Innovation Party, the party started by Toru Hashimoto (good point bis repetita) and if he ends his goal to "change Japan by abolishing bureaucracy-led politics, fighting vested interests and breaking the centralisation of power..." http://www.eda-k.net

Kenji Eda could also help Japanese and the world elsewhere to exactly see a clear stand of political principles by ending changing parties, groups, alliances, formation, policies (#Hollandisation of politics) etc. A clear stand, exactly what Koizumi and Abe did when deciding once for ever their policy making.

Jiang Zemin and Masayoshi Takemura 10 July 1996