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July 6, 2009 【Governor Ikuo Kabashima "Japanese Politics: The View of the Governor of Kumamoto Prefecture"】


As governors of different prefectures are actively talking of the decentralization of power, and it is likely to be a major issue in the up-coming general election, FPCJ invited Dr. Ikuo Kabashima, Governor of Kumamoto Prefecture and expert in election analysis, to talk on the theme of "Japanese Politics: The View of the Governor of Kumamoto Prefecture." Twenty four people including journalists of media companies from Brazil, China, France, Germany, ROK and the US, and FPCJ supporting members, attended this briefing.

Governor Kabashima has had a unique career. He first traveled to the U.S. as an agricultural trainee, but afterwards he completed his doctorate (in political economics) at Harvard University. He taught at the University of Tsukuba and later at the University of Tokyo, until he became head of a local administration in 2008.

Governor Kabashima started his briefing by looking back on the different phases of his life, and the race for governor. After that, he spoke of his past 15 months as governor. He explained how he had dealt with the issues of fiscal reform, the Kawabe-Gawa Dam and Minamata disease to put the"politics of determination" into practice.

He also said that he was working to achieve four goals with the "goal-oriented politics." These goals were "to make Kumamoto a prefecture with dignity and class," "education with a dream," "to make a society where long-lived elderly people can live without being a burden on the rest of the society," and "economic growth."

As to "what he thinks of Japanese politics and leadership," he pointed out the importance of "making decisions (with good criteria, freedom of spirit and a sense of urgency)" and "trust," and "the necessity of switching values." The governor also spoke of his belief that real politics can be found when politicians discard their own interests.

In the Q&A session, the Governor answered questions on the power shift from the central government to local governments, recent movements among the leaders of local governments toward unification, and Minamata disease.

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