Friday, December 31, 2010
Laodicean Politics in Japan-IV
When politics shifted the balance of power in Japan, some new information which had been hidden for more than 50 years, came out. On 11 September 2009 before Hatoyama took the office, Japanese bureaucrats disclosed that they sent a congratulatory telegram to elected LDP politicians after each national election. Of course the tax payers paid for these telegrams. Each bureaucrat sent out telegrams to the 20-30 LDP politicians who might be the boss in his/her ministry. According to NTT the congratulatory telegram cost 80,000 Japanese yen (with 25 the Chinese characters) for 20 people (Daily Mainichi).