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2005年09月11日

Japan net tycoon takes to poli

いよいよ総選挙の投票が始まりましたね。結果の行方、心配でもあり楽しみでもあります。

特にあのライブドアの堀江社長が立候補し、その行方がどうなるか?非常に興味深いですね。
シドニー在住日本人の間では、堀江社長を応援する人が多いように思います。
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ここオーストラリアでもホリエモンが「インターネット大君」としてニュースに取り上げられています。
記事を添付しましたので、ぜひお読みください。

海外の外国人がどのように日本を見ているか?たまに目を向けると大変面白い。
特に貿易などのビジネス取引や文化交流が盛んな日豪間でどのように取り上げられているか、興味深いのではないでしょうか?


Japan net tycoon takes to politics
September 07, 2005

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,16518569%255E2703,00.html

TAKAFUME Horie has failed twice to secure a major league baseball team and been thwarted from capturing a national radio network. Now he wants to take over Japanese politics.

Japans the plan, but he made it clear he thought the politicians had done a rotten job and there was only one way to do better.

"If you want to change the country, you have to lead the country," said the 32-year-old internet tycoon, explaining how, six months after denying any political interest, he finds himself contesting the Hiroshima No.6 constituency on Sunday as one of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumis "assassins".

"Japan has tremendous potential to grow and be powerful again but unfortunately the current political system is preventing Japans full potential from blossoming," said Mr Horie, chairman and chief executive of internet service provider Livedoor.

"I think our leaders have been sorely lacking, to be frank. I dont think many outstanding people have entered Japanese politics."

Mr Horie wants to show capable youngsters that politics can be "cool and brilliant".

With Mr Koizumis post office privatisation bills.

Of the 24 assassins contesting rebel-held seats on Sunday, only Mr Horie has declined LDP membership and backing, because he cannot endorse many of the partys policies.

He also supports causes that no mainstream politician would touch with a barge pole, such as mass migration, which Mr Horie says is necessary to revitalise Japans economy and culture.

But the brush-cut, tie-less young entrepreneur who horrified the business establishment in January by mounting a hostile takeover bid for Nippon Broadcasting Systems is a total believer in Koizumi-style postal privatisation -- and in driving types like 68-year-old Mr Kamei out of politics.

"Mr Kamei is the symbol of old-style politics in this country, the distribution-of-public-funds politics, and if he can be defeated then its a symbol to the whole world that Japan can change."

Mr Horie, who has written a book titled Money is Everything -- from Zero to Y10Billion My Way, is generating great interest among younger voters in Hiroshima No.6, a suburban and rural electorate east of Hiroshima City, but the pundits doubt he can win on Sunday.

He may well pull enough votes away from Mr Kamei to allow the opposition Democratic Party of Japan candidate, Koji Sato, to take the seat.

Mr Horie is so enthused by his experience of politics that even if he does lose, "I very much want to try again".

Thats not a difficulty for most other assassins, because the LDP head office has also placed them high on its regional party lists.

That means if they fail in constituencies, they can enter the House of Representatives on the party vote.

Mr Koizumis party took that precaution not only to encourage candidates to run against the postal rebels, but because some had already been marked out as outstanding political prospects, with a heavy bias towards women candidates.

The House of Representatives has 300 constituency seats and 180 proportional representation seats, selected on party votes. Only 36 seats in the old house were held by women -- one of the poorest female representations among parliamentary democracies.

The lady assassins include Environment Minister Yuriko Koike, who has boosted her future leadership stocks by volunteering to contest a rebel seat; Finance Ministry official Satsuki Katayama; senior private sector economist Yukari Sato; and celebrity chef Makiko Fujino.

However, most have only a limited chance of winning a constituency.

An analysis by the Tokyo office of Lehman Brothers, an international merchant bank, projects that the postal rebels could hold 15 of their 24 constituencies, with the DPJ winning seven and official LDP candidates only two.

In eight other electorates where rebels are trying to win seats from official LDP candidates, Lehman Brothers predicts the LDP and the DPJ will each hold four seats.

The most recent national opinion polls suggest a comfortable win for the LDP and its coalition partner, New Komeito.

(Source: The Australian)

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