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Corrupt Postal Privatization 88

Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Kunio Hatoyama has repeated his indication  for the resignation of Japan Post Holdings Co. President Yoshifumi Nishikawa.

Hatoyama made the remarks because he believes Nishikawa should take responsibility for problems over the planned sale of the company's Kampo no Yado inns and other corruptions and scandals as reportedly.

But some in the ruling parties have voiced concern that removing Nishikawa, who has played a leading role in the privatization of the postal services, might give the impression to the public that the government is backtracking on postal reforms, even if it is a only a fake reform.

Regarding Nishikawa's position, Japan Post's management appointments committee Monday tentatively decided to keep him in the president's post. The appointments committee consists of the market fundamentalists such as Mr Ushio and Mr Okuda, a former chairperson of the mighty _Toyota motors and other notorrious managers of the big corporations in Japan. Thus management of the Japan Post was already not in the hands of the Japanese populace and dominated by the small number of capitalists and its followers and the Privatization in Japan is called a Shibutsuka or transfer of public property into the hands of the private corporate owners..

But at a press conference after Tuesday's Cabinet meeting, Hatoyama said, "Property belonging to the people [the Kampo no Yado inns] was about to be sold at a knockdown price."

The Japan Post Group's "administrative competence proved insufficient. It has been completely unable to meet its obligation to explain itself to the public and the Diet. Various changes will have to be made at the company," he said.

His remarks implied that Nishikawa should resign. He also criticized the appointments committee's decision as "self-serving" because Nishikawa is a member of the committee.

The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry has the authority to veto the assignment of directors at Japan Post Holdings. Thus the minister can overturn a decision to keep Nishikawa as president even if Japan Post Holdings decides to keep him on at its general shareholders meeting in late June, anyway.

Reportedly,Hatoyama was attempting behind the scenes to appoint an executive of a major telecommunications firm as Nishikawa's successor. Sources close to him said Hatoyama was determined to replace Nishikawa.

Hatoyama is continuing to call for Nishikawa's resignation because the minister believes it a matter of course that the president should have resigned once the minister's probe into the Kampo no Yado issue revealed a lack of transparency in the bidding process, according to Hatoyama's aide.

Nishikawa took the president's post at the insistence of then Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Heizo Takenaka during the administration of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. Mr Nishikawa is reportedly involved in the deal of teh Goldman Sachs when Mr Paulson was in charge. There is a storng specualtion that Mr Nishikawa was appointed to the post by the strong backing of the interests related to the American financial cirle. Mr Takenaka was clinging to the theory of the possible transfer of the Japanese people's assetts to the capital market overseas. Now it is only a day dream because the market fundamentalism in the world collapsed since September 15, when the Leaman Brothers went bankrupcy.

Some observers say that Hatoyama's demand for Nishikawa to resign is partly because of Hatoyama's antipathy toward Takenaka since Hatoyama has been critical of Koizumi's structural reform policies which destroyed Japan and the rest of the world, as in case of the neocons which destroyed the traditional American values.

But a sizable number in the Liberal Democratic Party remain as the supporteres of neocon policies and they are against the Hatoyama's aggressive stance.

Yoshihide Suga, deputy chairman of the LDP's Election Strategy Council and Hiroyuki Sonoda are typical two figures who represent the neocon policies in Japan regarding the postal privatization .

Now it is apparent the the prime Minister Aso was not happy about the postal privatization, at this stage he is reluctant to intervene in the management setup of Japan Post Holdings, which has become a private company, and seems to be intentionally trying to evade the possible battle between the neocon groups represented by the former prime minster Koizumi.

This blog respected the values of the democracy and did not obey the dominance of the new liberalism which is centered on the hegemony of economy and it continues to support stronlgy the possible ousting of Mr Nishikawa and other occupation forces within the wings of the Japan Post and sincerely pray and wish that the possible peace and prosperitiy in theJapanese postal services may be recovered.. Greedy capitalism and its tyranny shoud soon be over.

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