There are a series of news report that the American health insurance industry is again interfering into the Japanese Postal insurance affairs. During the Koizumi-takenaka era the foreign industry was successfully pressurized the Japanese side to privatize the Japanese postal services with possible intention of transfering the enormous assetts of postal savings and kanpo(which means simplified, and thus requires not professional medical check before joining) into the investment banks and financing industry.
Now privatized Japan Post applied for approval of a cancer insurance product and the foreing industry claims that the product will compete with those offered by other private sector insurers, especially American health insurance subsidiaries. They emphasized that the Japon Post continues to have regulatory and other advantages but it is unfounded. They strongly voiced the abolishment of the state-enterprise operated national health insurance system which was so successful in Japan. American lobbyist's dogma that the private insurance system is the best system is only an il;lusion and prejudice. The Kampo was a product created to supply the medical health insurance for the middle class and lower class family members and in recently years the insurance had been utilized for the households to assist their children can supplement acute expenditures for their kid's schoolings.
American industy group set a trap and now claims ' a violation of Japan's international commitments. Japan had pledged to provide "a level playing field" before new products would be approved for the state-owned ' It is true that the servants of the foreign vested interests group such as Koizumi, then Prime MInister, Takenaka Heizo, then minister in charge of postal privatization, may have wagged tails and followed the instructions of the foreign masters.. but the ecnomic and political situation has been changed.
Minister Hatoyama Kunio was quoted "By all means, I would like to approve sales of the cancer insurance... I want this from the bottom of my heart."
Hatoyama comments is quite correct that the Koizumi Takenaka governments were only serving the foreign interests and neglected the true values and benefits of the kampo insurance sytem. Ironically the Kampo system was destroyed by the American pressure and the privatized Japan Post which are sharply losing their business shares nationwide and is compelled to intiate the sales of the new product.
Now almost all the Japanese citizens speculates the postal privatization process behind the scenes and American industry's intervention into the internal matters which can not be restricted to money games should be avoided and accepted as both irritating and disturbing that the foreing dignitary's open attack against the Minister Hatoyama who is doing his best efforts to clear the dark clouds and scandals involving the sales of the assetts of the former postal life insurance system. Especially the outrageous statements by the industry's president Mr Keating is hilarious ones. He says that a level plyaing field simply doesn't exist but he pretends ignorance that the third fields of the insurance are sold only by the foreign subsidiaries and the agreement done at that time were correlated with the Japanese automakers voluminous sales in the American Market and the balance is now faded out. Mr Keating stresses that there are committments but comittments itself is irrational and one sided one.
Michael Moore released a movie called the Sicko two years ago and reavealed the politica activities of the insurance industry groups in Washington, D.C. and the rest of the world while putting the American citizens into the third class medical treatment. The movie described the medical insurance system in America is the kind of the worst and fire fighters in New York City all the way went to Cuba to receive proper treatment.
In the United States, the new government started. Japanese citizens sincerely hope that kind of internal intervention and malpractice such as the unfounded insurance induistry should not be reapeated. While citing the Gatt agreement and other unfair trade practices, those insudtureid pressurized the governments to provide the national treatment, in fact, as already told, a protected and monopolized business areas and zones. Foreing lobbyists seems tohave tried to destroy the popular 100% national medical insurance system and AIG's subsidiaries and other foreign insurance firms raised huge profit out the insurance business in Japan
This blog is intended for the American citizens to watch persistently what kind of unfounded and anti-Japanese activities are done by the political and economic agents and brought sufferage to the people in general and lost the credibility and trust in the rest of the world. New Obama administration is now bringing change and practices of arrogance such as the insurance associations pressuring lobbying should be also discarded. American market fundametalism collapsed dramatically but some remnants are wanderingt around the globe as in case of Japan. It is also reported that American governments are for the first time planned to introduce the national medical system and this blog sincerely wishes the success. Last but not least to say that the Japanses ordinary citizens may strongly support Hatoyama statement and Mr Keatings one sided statements would be despised.