The Japanese Government’s Basic Policy refers to its Basic Guidelines for Reconstruction in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake in its Basic Policy. In section 4 of the Basic Policy, the Government of Japan states that it will implement measures under the concept of “Children First” by prioritizing responses to children, who will bear the future of this country, as well as pregnant women. This would make you think that the Government of Japan is concerned about the children and pregnant women of Japan.
And yet, when Politician, Akira Matsu, tries to address an issue concerning both children and pregnant women, Fukushima victims, she has to address Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura and Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Yukio Edano by telling them to stop laughing. It’s great that these 2 ” boys” feel like it’s just a great big joke and the concerns of a pregnant mother with 3 kids is worthy of a laugh.
Good to know that these are politicians that are concerned for the citizens.
Politician claims Fukushima children treated like traitors for shunning milk
Akira Matsu, a member of the Komeito Party
TOYKO (majirox news) — An opposition party member has lambasted the government, saying that Fukushima prefecture children were treated like traitors for refusing to drink milk served with their school lunches.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq4JG9ULVNE&feature=youtu.be
Akira Matsu, a member of the opposition Komeito, used a meeting of the House of Councilors Committee on the Budget meeting to urge the government to put Fukushima prefecture residents at ease over radiation fears.
Matsu recounted the story of a lawyer from Aizu-Wakamatsu, located about 100 kilometers (around 62 miles) from the radiation-leaking Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, who said her children had been humiliated for not drinking milk provided with their school lunches.
Matsu likened treatment of the children to that handed out to suspected wartime traitors.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura and Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Yukio Edano responded to Matsu’s claims by laughing, eliciting an angry response from the opposition House of Councilors member.
“Please don’t laugh,” Matsu said to the Cabinet ministers. “This is no laughing matter. This is how the people of Fukushima are really feeling.”
(Cabinet Decision of September 2, 2011)Basic Policy
The three political-level appointees [of each Ministry], headed by each Cabinet Minister,
will devote themselves to their duties in accordance with the following Basic Policy.
1. We will revisit the starting point of the change of Government in 2009, and in
accordance with our concept of “putting people’s daily lives first,” we will work
towards the realization of politics that is oriented towards the general public, thus
ensuring that the people of Japan can feel the true significance of the change of
2. Each Cabinet Minister will work in close cooperation with his or her Cabinet
colleagues without seeking to further the interests of only one ministry, and will
make concerted efforts under the leadership of Prime Minister Noda to address
policy challenges both domestically and overseas. In addition, each Cabinet
Minister will practice “dialogue-based politics,” listening humbly to the voices of
the people of Japan and providing clear explanations, as well as promoting
cooperation between ruling and opposition parties.
3. In order to root out “waste in public administration” and break free from vested
interests, we will continue with government revitalization efforts and further
4. In order to swiftly revitalize societies and the economy and rebuild livelihoods in
the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, in addition to further
accelerating recovery and reconstruction efforts based on the “Basic Guidelines for
Reconstruction in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake,” we will also work
to overcome energy constraints in the near term. Furthermore, based on a concept
that “without the revitalization of Fukushima there can be no revitalization for
Japan,” we will make every endeavor to bring the nuclear power station accident to
a swift conclusion and ensure the payment of compensation to those people affected
by the disaster as well as the implementation of “decontamination” efforts. In this
regard, we will implement measures under the concept of “Children First” by
prioritizing responses to children, who will bear the future of this country, as well
as pregnant women.
5. In addition to constructing measures to counteract the hollowing out of domestic
industry, including bold means to address the appreciation of the yen, we will
appropriately address international credit uncertainty and ensure that both economic
growth and the restoration of fiscal health can be achieved in tandem.
6. In order to steadily and surely implement the necessary measures to strengthen the
functions of social security, while at the same time ensuring that social security as a
whole remains sustainable, we will work to swiftly formulate a final draft of the
proposal for the comprehensive reform of social security and taxation systems.
7. In order to build a “Japan with hope and pride,” we will advance policies that seek
out new frontiers and achieve mid to long-term growth; devise and create
sustainable regional development models; and develop human resources capable of
making an impact in the global arena.
8. In addition to further advancing foreign policy based on the linchpin of the
Japan-United States alliance, we will engage in efforts to respond to a multi-polar
world, deepening multi-faceted ties with the countries of Asia and others.
Furthermore, we will advance economic diplomacy including high-level economic
partnerships and securing of energy resources.
9. Towards establishing the full-fledged practice of “politicians taking the initiative on
policy making rather than the bureaucracy” the three political-level appointees and
government officials will clearly delineate their respective roles and responsibilities
and engage in the close sharing of information with each other and in mutual
communication. In this way, they will maximize their various strengths, thus
ensuring that the government works as a unified whole in the execution of policy
Policy [approved by the Cabinet] (PDF: 136KB) (23 years September 02, 2005)