Fukuda says Abe’s ‘beautiful country’ panel waste of money
Japan Today – Thursday, October 18, 2007 at 06:53 EDT
TOKYO — Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda said Wednesday that a now-defunct office established to promote his predecessor Shinzo Abe’s initiative to build “a beautiful nation” had wasted money…the government reported Wednesday that the office spent a total of 49 million yen in the six months until it was scrapped….
At least the new prime minister, Yasuo Fukuda, is off to good start. The great stinko, former PM Abe, spent 49 million yen–$426,000 USD–for just two “beautiful” meetings. The only reason he wanted the entire ” program was to promote his book, Towards a Beautiful Country [美しい国へ] and to step-up forced “moral education” in the schools—dubious rightwing morals, which even the conservative daily, The Yomiuri Shinbun, found problematic.
Besides, it does not take a genius to figure out how to make Japan a more “Beautiful Country”:
Just ban the Japanese National Tree, the concrete utility pole.
Then attempt for the first time in Japan’s history to place underground the tangles of power and phone lines out of harm’s way in this earthquake-prone land, sheesh.