Monday, August 08, 2005

No Postal Reform, New Elections

Could this only happen in Japan? I know that they are serious about honor and tradition but this is taking things a little too far.

Japanese Prime Minister, Junichiro Koizumi, wanted to reform the country’s postal system. It’s a big system, $3 trillion in total, so it’s obviously not a small project. However, some members of his own party voted against his proposal so Mr. Koizumi did what any honorable Japanese would do. He called an early election.

Huh? I mean, it’s just a postal system. It’s not about going to war or anything but that’s the Japanese for you. Of course in their defense the Prime Minister has been facing problems within his party for sometime so this could just have been the straw that broke the camels back.

Anyway, the full story is in today’s New York Times.


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