Curing Japan 2
政治評論家の森田実氏が、英文で、Curing Japan's America Addiction (日本のアメリカ中毒を治す）を、出版したことを紹介した。その本の第１３章が、郵政民営化の悪夢という翔である。その章に注釈があり、郵政公社の当時の総裁、生田正治氏についての略歴がついている。
MASAHARU IKUTA--Presidento of Japan Post from 2003 to 2007. Ikuta led the agency up until it was privatized later in 2007. Ikuta was a CEO of Mitsui OSK, a major shipping line , before taking over the massive postal agency. Chin Music: In August 2005, consumer advocate Ralph Nader wrote following letter to Ikuta:
Mr. Masaharu Ikuta
1-3-2, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku
Dear Mr. Masaharu Ikuta:
For many years I have been aware of the high level of mail and financial services provided byu the Japanese post office. Mail service is accurate and efficient, and post offices are located in even the smallest towns.
It should be remembered that Japan's postal savings system is not only a convenience; it has helped extend financial services broadly and assisted efforts to stabilize and stimulat ehe economy for years through public works projects. Additionally, postal employees are well known for looking after their communities. The International Herald Tribune has rightly reported that Japanese postmasters are "pillars fo the community."
However, despite its record of success, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has continually insisted on pushing for postal privatization. As a citizen of the United States, I find it troubling that he is supported by the US Trade Representative and the US Chamber of Commerce, organizations that want privitization for an obvious combination of ideological and self-interested commercial motivations. Koizumi's demands are only supported by twenty-four percent of the Japanese people. The Japanese public understands that privatization would lead to a reduction in postal services and possibly disenrfranchisement. Eliminatin of the postal monopoly in such nations as Sweden and New Zealand has led to the closure of half of these nation's post offices, and Argentina's venture into postal privatization was such abject failure that it was recently renationalized.
Instead of pushing ill-advised privatization schemes, US Policymakers should be looking to Japan for pointers on successfully running a postal service, including establishing a postal savings program for millions of Americans who cannnot afford or are denied banking services .
cc:Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi