Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Japan Failed to Lead at Nuclear Security Summit/Third-Class Politicians Only Provide Third-Rate Policy-XXI
Japan is a country that experienced nuclear weapons during WWII, experienced the nuclear power plants disaster, and now experiences how to deal with radiation with the ongoing nuclear crisis. The second Nuclear Security Summit was held in Seoul on March 26-27, gathering leaders from 53 countries, but Noda Yoshihiko failed to lead the agenda in the summit. He missed out Monday evening, skipping a working dinner that officially kicked off the two-day Nuclear Security Summit. Unlike American President Barack Obama, who visited the US troop in 38 degree military zone and Chinese President Hu Jintao, who held many bilateral talks with global leaders, Noda did not wait in Seoul until the summit wrapped up (Japan Times, 29 March 2012). In his mind, Noda has only one issue – pushing a consumption tax hike which is taking advantage of the 3.11 tragedy in Japan. Noda wants to raise the rate to 8% in April 2014 from the current rate of 3%, then to 10% in October 2015. This is Noda’s idea, but bureaucrat’s wisdom from Minister of Finance. Noda just merely accepts it. This shows how smart of the Japanese politicians are.
Source: energy.korea.com (access date: 19 April 2012).