Finance Chiefs Back a Bolder IMF, Bigger Role for Emerging Nations （世界各国の中央銀行総裁が、ＩＭＦ強化策に賛同した）
By Anthony Faiola
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Global financial chiefs agreed yesterday to reshape the International Monetary Fund, moving to broaden its mission and accelerate plans to give developing giants including China, Brazil and India more say within the institution.
The IMF, which in recent years had become largely an advisory body to nations in crisis, will now be charged with aggressive monitoring of the global economy. Underscoring that role, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said yesterday that Washington had consented to a rigorous IMF review of the U.S. financial system for the first time since the fund was created at the end of World War II.
The International Monetary and Financial Committee -- the IMF's policy-setting body made up of financial ministers and central bankers from a host of nations, including the United States -- additionally endorsed new, easier terms for IMF lending to the fast-growing number of nations buckling under the pressure of the global crisis.
The agreement was reached at the annual spring meeting in Washington of the IMF and its sister organization, the World Bank. It amounted to a broad endorsement of a shift in thinking already underway at the fund, which was outlined by world leaders at an economic summit in London this month.
As the financial crisis has spread in recent months, the IMF has adopted a more pragmatic approach toward lending, moving away from decades of harsh terms and enforcement of strict financial policies for countries that borrow.
"We're really in new times," said Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the IMF's managing director, when asked about the lighter financial requirements being imposed on some nations in Eastern Europe, particularly Hungary. "I like this."
Yesterday, the IMFC backed plans to dramatically increase the fund's financial war chest to cope with the crisis. At the London summit, world leaders including President Obama called for the IMF, which has the capacity for about $250 billion in lending, to beef up its resources to $1 trillion.
That money would be raised in two ways. First, through $500 billion in pledges from major governments. But the IMF also has the ability to effectively print its own money, and has plans to issue about $250 billion in its currency, which has a value based on the dollar, the euro, the yen and the pound.
The IMFC said the fund had effectively secured about half the $500 billion from governments, though some critics were less certain of that. Japan, the United States and the European Union, for instance, have all committed to give $100 billion. But to date, only Japan's commitment has actually come in. Obama sent Congress a letter last week urging support for the U.S. pledge.
The fund, the IMFC said, may also "consider market borrowing" to increase its resources. That appeared to refer to plans at the IMF to issue bonds similar to, say, U.S. Treasury bills. That would provide new ways for developing giants such as China to invest in the fund; the IMF and China are close to agreeing on a deal in excess of $40 billion.
But other developing nations, such as Brazil, appear less willing to pony up money immediately.
"Maybe we will give money to the IMF," Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega said. "But we need to see some progress on reforms first."
Dear Mr. Faiola, I read your excellent article and these are my comments.Our P.M. Taro Aso presented 100 billion USD, this was the first offer to the IMF, at the DC summit last November. IMF Chair Strauss-Kahn praised Japan for her commitment at the Rome summit. However, your staff writer Blaine Harden could only find news about our Financial Minister's intoxication moment newsworthly. I would like to protest his negative take on news from my country and I hope WP will re-evaluate his contribution to your newspaper. I am pleased to hear your President Obama recognized the importance of this institute. IMF can help under developed nations which includes even Russia. We are proud of our P.M. Mr. Taro Aso to take a lead in this significant breakthrough.
4/26/2009 7:03:30 PM
Our Congress and this administration borrow money from the privately-owned banks of the Rockefeller-Rothschild cartels and those in Communist China then give this borrowed money to the IMF and World Bank? And how does that stimulate America's economy or help spend us out of a recession? Thse pluocratic parasites take money that is loaned to Congress and the President to give to other Marxist and Muslim dictatorships. Then when the T bills sold to China and the Federal Reserve Bank mature we wiill pay these private and foreign creditors with what? Our profits, wages and income? If that is not enough then sale of national assets like ANWR, national parks, drilling and mineral rights, treaties and concessions? All to benefit whom, the foreign banks and creditors. And how much of the decades 9.3 Trillion dollar budget9 I mean debt) goes to these plutocratic parasites in the IMF and World Bank/ While you are still waiting for the socialsit utopia of "health care, education, energy and the environment" the bankers and creditors will own and control every aspect of your life. We will end up in a dictatorship like those in the third world funded by the IMF and World Bank.
4/26/2009 6:56:28 PM
Down here on the street it looks to be getting worse. These guys will do ANYTHNG to keep their lousy failed system in place. ANYTHING.
The Federal Reserve enjoys a monopoly over the flow of our money and credit but has never been completely transparent and accountable to Congress. Since its establishment in 1913 our dollar has lost more than 95 percent of its purchasing power.
In addition to more than $11 trillion national debt (over $36,000 per citizen), Congress, the Treasury, and the Federal Reserve have put us on the hook for almost $10 trillion in bailouts and loans. Yet, the Fed refuses to tell Congress which financial institutions have received these funds.
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas introduced HR 1207, which would deliver answers to the American people about how our money is being used. HR 1207, which is currently in the House Financial Services Committee, received the support of almost 55 other representatives within a month of its introduction and will amend section 714 of Title 31 of the U.S. Code to remove the restrictions on how the Government Accountability Office can audit the Federal Reserve.
4/26/2009 6:29:42 PM
Death to Zog.
4/26/2009 6:24:50 PM
On learning of the increased funding initiative Dominique Strauss-Kahn said: "now we can order the really good foie gras for our weekly staff meetings".
4/26/2009 4:35:44 PM
Actually the only thing Obama did in his whine, snivel and bow tour at the G20 was to sell us out by agreeing to:
"By agreeing to the stipulations in this document, President Obama gave the blessing of the United States to the G20 decision to elevate the Financial Stability Forum into the Financial Stability Board," Corsi wrote. "The United States has only one vote in the newly constituted Financial Stability Board, a group that will be largely controlled by European central bankers."
The new global regulator now has the authority to examine all U.S. banks, brokerage firms and corporations – including non-financial companies such as the Big Three automakers – to examine operations and determine risk.
The Financial Stability Board then has the international authority to set policies in these corporations, including compensation packages the private boards of directors in the examined companies decide to pay top executives and senior managers.
Morris charged that the Obama administration, by agreeing to create the Financial Stability Board, has gone beyond nationalizing U.S. corporations, to "internationalize" U.S.-based corporations under the control of this new global regulator."
4/26/2009 4:29:32 PM
In order to see the comments I had post one.
4/26/2009 12:32:24 PM
And I suppose they will put Syria and North Korea in charge of printing these new monopoly euro-dollar-yen yuans?
4/26/2009 12:24:03 PM
To freely bestow our independence to the UN to allow other nations to control our economy, and to trash the US Dollar in favor of a new international currency is totally irresponsible and destructive to our nation and will certainly bite us in the ars in the very near future.
4/26/2009 12:16:14 PM
Why would you give the borrowers a bigger say in the institution that is lending money? we can see the affects of having people who pay no taxes elect the Congress that decides how much welfare there should be.
Lets go back to the people that pay the band choose the music.
4/26/2009 11:25:30 AM
Increasing the lending capacity of IMF/WB and at the same lightening loan requirements? Doesn’t the current crisis provide sufficient evidence about the risk of such type of risky financial measures? Multilateral banks funding highly corrupted governments in countries dealing already with underdevelopment, high unemployment and ramping poverty? Does everyone agree -President Obama and US tax payers- with such policies? By the way the efficiency of these same institutions are being put on the spot for their lack of efficiency in boosting development.
4/26/2009 10:43:03 AM
The U.S. should withdraw all funding from these "international" organizations. This includes the UN.
4/26/2009 9:39:52 AM
Banks only know how to multiply the money they are given by converting it many times over into debt. The severe imbalances have been created by excessive borrowings for lifestyle and speculation rather than investment. The result is debt that cannot be serviced properly and debt that is losing against diminishing collateral. In the end both debtors and creditors keep losing until equilibrium is attained. If inflation is allowed it will destroy the retirment plans of most individuals and they will then become an even greater burden on the state.
4/26/2009 8:43:21 AM
Well. Risks of printing money. Inflation. Hyper-inflation. Yes. Why? Too much money in the system they say. Really a boost for financial services to create more money. Yes. High demand for a supposed constant supply. But if you think that the supply is really secondary to the demand (let's say a higher demand will boost supply) then it is al about to know clearly how the financial services can act.
4/26/2009 8:05:59 AM
Vercinqet believes that "Printing money is sometimes a need". If that's so, I suggest you write out cheques without having money in your account. Let's see where you end up. I know we desperately want to see this agony end, but if solutions were as printing money, then history would be full of such successful attempts.
4/26/2009 7:44:31 AM
My friend, Printing money is sometimes a need. The risk is forgetting efficient means of regulation. And an international printer has an adventage. Economic fights among countries are avoided. A global reach able to diminish risks in the globality.
4/26/2009 7:36:50 AM
If the IMF can print a little bit of money to solve the problem, why doesn't it print more? The answer is, printing money is like shooting morphine into a sick person. It will soothe the pain but mask the illness until it's too late.
4/26/2009 7:27:20 AM
At this moment I see only a Evil which was the trigger of a great receesion which was being accumulated since long years ago. And signs existed not being attended.
4/26/2009 7:24:57 AM
IMF = EVIL!!
4/26/2009 7:14:14 AM
(解説） アメリカのある程度の知識人がこうだ。論調からユダヤ系（金融関係）が多いことが判る。いかに、利己的な人種かがよく判る。ユダヤ人の主張とはこうだ、、“ＩＴ’Ｓ ＡＬＬ ＯＵＲＳ” とだね。ＰＯＯＲな考えを持った奴らだよ。だから、ウォール街は砂漠化したんだ。伊勢平次郎
North Korea Expels UN Inspectors, Plans to Resume Nuclear Work
By Mark Tannenbaum and Hans Nichols
April 14 (Bloomberg) -- North Korea ordered nuclear inspectors to leave the country “at the earliest possible time,” and said it will end talks on dismantling its arms program and resume the reprocessing of spent atomic fuel.
The International Atomic Energy Agency, a United Nations organization, announced the expulsion order in a statement released from its Vienna headquarters. The step would set back an incremental effort designed to persuade the regime of Kim Jong Il to stop pursuing nuclear weapons in exchange for wider economic and diplomatic ties.
In Washington, President Barack Obama’s spokesman denounced North Korea and its threats to withdraw from international talks hosted by China, and he urged the country to cease provocative comments.
“North Korea’s announced threat to withdraw from the six- party talks and restart its nuclear program is a serious step in the wrong direction,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said at a briefing today. “North Korea Will not find acceptance by the international community” unless it verifiably abandons its nuclear ambitions, he said.
North Korea said it would end all talks on dismantling its weapons program and may build nuclear reactors after the UN condemned last week’s missile test yesterday and moved to enforce existing sanctions on the country. The negotiations involve the U.S., Japan, Russia, China and South Korea, in addition to North Korea.
Gibbs said the six-party talks offer the best path toward a dialogue and the U.S. is prepared to work with North Korea.
“We call on North Korea to cease its provocative threats, respect the will of the international community and to honor its international commitments and obligations,” he said.
Kim’s regime will restore nuclear facilities disabled under previous accords and “actively review” building a light-water reactor, the Foreign Ministry said today in a statement carried by the official Korea Central News Agency. North Korea has “no choice” but to strengthen its nuclear deterrent in light of “additional military threats by hostile forces,” the ministry said.
“This is not bluster,” said Kenneth Quinones, former U.S. State Department director of North Korean affairs and a professor at Akita International University in northern Japan. “It’s pretty clear the North Korean generals are firmly in the saddle and have convinced Kim Jong Il that his best option is to first play his military card.”
China called on participants to safeguard the process. Countries should “proceed from the perspective of the overall interest of the region,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told reporters in Beijing today.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura said his government would work with the U.S. and other countries to restore negotiations. “We strongly urge North Korea to accept the Security Council statement and return to the six-party talks,” he said.
North Korea today vowed “never again” to participate in the talks. The decision comes five days after North Korea’s parliament reappointed Kim reappointed as head of the country’s armed forces. Kim’s appearance then, his most prominent since South Korean media reported he suffered a stroke last year, showed he was in control of the country during the missile test.
North Korea fired a ballistic missile capable of reaching Alaska on April 5 in violation of a UN resolution. The regime launched a similar missile in July 2006, three months before it tested a nuclear device, prompting sanctions.
Kim’s agreement in February 2007 to scrap the country’s nuclear program was stalled by North Korea’s refusal to let inspectors remove samples from its Yongbyon reactor, the source of the country’s weapons-grade plutonium.
The “decision won’t help achieve the goals that we set to resolve the problems on the Korean Peninsula,” according to a Russian Foreign Ministry statement carried on the Web site of the government’s Vesti-24 television channel.
South Korea hasn’t issued an official statement and foreign ministry spokesman Moon Tae Young didn’t return a telephone message left at his office.
Kim’s government threatened to quit the disarmament talks, which began in 2003, as late as last month, saying there was “no reason why the six-party talks should continue to exist.”
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a statement yesterday that said the launch was in “contravention” of a 2006 resolution barring North Korea’s development of missile technology. That resolution, which has never been implemented, froze the assets of and banned travel by “persons or entities” involved in nuclear and missile programs.
North Korea claims the rocket lifted a Kwangmyongsong-2 satellite into Earth orbit. The U.S. said the first stage of the missile fell into the Sea of Japan and the remaining stages, along with the payload, landed in the Pacific Ocean.
“If they restart some nuclear program, the international pressure will be growing tougher,” said Zhu Feng, a professor at Peking University in Beijing who specializes in international security issues. “I think North Korea is in a very bad position to stand up to any international pressure.”
北朝鮮は、「もはや、六カ国協議には出ないし、国防の為に、どんどん核爆弾開発を進める」と。次に来るのは、二度目の核地下実験だろう。そのとき、オバマはどう演説するのかな？そんな演説など「歯のない虎」なのだ。日本は、自国による国防の論議を始めなければならない。反米～九条書き直し反対～軍備強化反対～アメリカにカネを払えばいい、、それを、卑怯者という。日本人は「恥」を忘れた？？？伊勢平次郎 ルイジアナUN powers agree to condemn NKorea rocket launch
By EDITH M. LEDERER
The Associated Press
Saturday, April 11, 2009; 5:11 PM
UNITED NATIONS -- Key Security Council nations reached agreement Saturday on a statement that would condemn North Korea's rocket launch and toughen U.N. sanctions against the reclusive communist nation.
The five permanent veto-wielding members _ the U.S., China, Russia, Britain and France _ and Japan reached agreement after Tokyo backed down from a demand that the Security Council adopt a new resolution, the strongest response the U.N.'s most powerful body can give.
They distributed the text of the proposed presidential statement to the nine other council members, who must now consult their capitals. Libya's deputy U.N. ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi said he expects the council to meet again Monday.
A presidential statement is considered a weaker reaction by the council, and while the U.S. insists it is legally binding, others do not.
Nonetheless, the current draft contains stronger language and demands than many observers predicted.
The statement "condemns" North Korea's April 5 launch, without specifying whether it was a missile or a satellite. It makes clear that the launch was a violation of a Security Council resolution, adopted after the North conducted a nuclear test in 2006, which bans any missile tests by the country.
The statement also calls for expanded sanctions under the 2006 resolution, which ordered a financial freeze on assets belonging to companies or organizations engaged in supporting North Korean programs related to nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles and other weapons of mass destruction _ and banned specific goods used in those programs.
The draft asks the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against North Korea to report to the council by April 24 on the companies, items, and technologies to be added to the list.
The draft also demands that North Korea not conduct any further launch.
North Korea carried out the launch in defiance of intense international pressure, claiming it had launched a satellite which is allowed under a U.N. space treaty. The United States, Japan and South Korea claim North Korea was really testing long-range missile technology.
"This is a strong and legally binding outcome of the Security Council which meets all of the objectives that we have," U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said after the full council meeting.
"What the council can do and we hope will do through the adoption of this statement, is send a very clear message to North Korea that what they have done under the guise of a satellite launch is in fact a violation of their obligations, and indeed that there are consequences for such actions," she said.
North Korea has warned that any move to censure it at the U.N. could prompt its withdrawal from six-party talks aimed at dismantling its nuclear program which involve China, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the U.S.
In the draft statement, the Security Council expresses support for the six-party talks and "calls for their early resumption." It also expressed the council's desire "for a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the situation."
Britain's U.N. Ambassador John Sawers called the proposed draft "a formal and binding position of the council."
But former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton, who served during the Bush administration, insisted that presidential statements are not legally binding, noting that U.S. State Department lawyers only consider resolutions adopted under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which is militarily enforceable, legally binding.
"A resolution is an action. A presidential statement is an opinion," he told The Associated Press. ２００７年の８月、このボルトンさんからメールを頂いた。慰安婦決議の対応を質問したときだ。「政治は政治の場所でやれ！」との回答だった。この人も、日本人の味方なのだ。マケインさんも、対中国強硬～対北朝鮮強硬であり、「日本とアメリカは、社会主義～独裁政権と戦わなければならない」と一貫している。ＡＭＥＲＩＣＡＮ ＥＮＴＥＲＰＲＩＳＥ ＩＮＳＴＩＴＵＴＥの客員である。ＮＥＯＣＯＮではない。伊勢平次郎 ルイジアナ
Somali Pirates. Terorists are tougher than these petty thieves. The solution is to kill them all. Kill the Pirates
By Fred C. Iklé
Monday, April 13, 2009
With the rescue of American Richard Phillips from the hands of pirates yesterday, there was a blip of good news from the Indian Ocean, but it remains a scandal that Somali pirates continue to routinely defeat the world's naval powers. And worse than this ongoing demonstration of cowardice is the financing of terrorists that results from the huge ransom payments these pirates are allowed to collect. What's the Big Idea?: How to Fight Pirates
Navy Kills 3 Pirates, Rescues Ship Captain
It is naive to assume that the millions paid annually in ransom to pirates merely enables them to purchase villas and fancy automobiles. Somalia is a country without government, where anarchy is being exploited by terrorist organizations. Although the threat that pirates pose to commercial ships is increasingly known, little is being done to combat it. And we must consider the bigger picture: Terrorists are far more brutal than pirates and can easily force pirates -- petty thieves in comparison -- to share their ransom money.
We already know that Somalia is an ideal fortress and headquarters for global terrorist activity. The United States has learned the painful lesson that Somalia is not an easy place for our military to establish law and order; two of our interventions there became embarrassing defeats -- in 1993 and more recently in support of Ethiopian forces.
So why do we keep rewarding Somali pirates? How is this march of folly possible?
Start by blaming the timorous lawyers who advise the governments attempting to cope with the pirates such as those who had been engaged in a standoff with U.S. hostage negotiators in recent days. These lawyers misinterpret the Law of the Sea Treaty and the Geneva Conventions and fail to apply the powerful international laws that exist against piracy. The right of self-defense -- a principle of international law -- justifies killing pirates as they try to board a ship.
Nonetheless, entire crews are unarmed on the ships that sail through the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. Shipowners pretend that they cannot trust their crews with weapons, but the facts don't add up. For one thing, in the United States most adults except felons are allowed to have guns, and the laws of many other nations also permit such ownership. Even if owners don't want everyone aboard their ships to be carrying weapons, don't they trust the senior members of their crews? Why couldn't they at least arm the captain and place two experienced and reliable police officers on board?
When these pitifully unarmed crews watch pirates climb aboard their vessels, they can do little to fight back. And while the United States and many other naval powers keep warships in the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean -- deployments that cost millions of dollars -- these ships cannot keep pirates from boarding commercial ships that have unarmed crews.
The international right of self-defense would also justify an inspection and quarantine regime off the coast of Somalia to seize and destroy all vessels that are found to be engaged in piracy. These inspections could reduce the likelihood that any government will find itself engaged in a hostage situation such as the one that played out in recent days. Furthermore, the U.N. Security Council should prohibit all ransom payments. If the crew of an attacked ship were held hostage, the Security Council could authorize a military blockade of Somalia until the hostages were released.
Cowardice will not defeat terrorism, nor will it stop the Somali pirates. If anything, continuing to meet the pirates' demands only acts as an incentive for more piracy.
Fred C. Iklé, a distinguished scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, is the author of "Annihilation From Within" and "Every War Must End."
(東京 ４・９・０９） ジョンマケイン米上院議員が東京を訪れた。麻生さんと会談した。この笑顔は本物だ。マケインは日本人の味方なのだから。伊勢平次郎 ルイジアナ
TOKYO (AFP) – US Senator John McCain has met with Japanese government leaders and lawmakers to discuss a wide range of energy and security issues including North Korea, officials said.
The Republican senator from Arizona and rival of President Barack Obama during the 2008 elections met with Prime Minister Taro Aso and Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone late Thursday, officials said.
In the closed-door talks they discussed issues including North Korea's rocket launch last weekend and climate change, the foreign ministry said without giving further details.
McCain's three-day visit comes as Japan toughened its sanctions against the Pyongyang regime which last Sunday claimed to have launched a satellite -- although Washington, Tokyo and Seoul believe it was a disguised missile test.
The 72-year-old senator, who serves on the Senate committees on armed services and energy, planned to visit Friday the Tokai nuclear fuel plant in Ibaraki prefecture north of Tokyo, a US embassy official said.
He met with opposition party leader Ichiro Ozawa earlier in the day.
The senator, who was set to give an afternoon press briefing, was travelling with fellow senators Lindsey Graham and Amy Klobuchar on an Asian tour that has already taken him to Hong Kong, Hanoi and Beijing.北京はマケインの提案を無視した
By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Newspapers Tim Johnson, Mcclatchy Newspapers – Thu Apr 9, 2:31 pm ET
BEIJING — China on Thursday rejected Sen. John McCain's suggestion that it lean on North Korea to rein in its nuclear weapons program, saying that such a move would not bring results.
In neighboring North Korea , meanwhile, Kim Jong Il cemented his leadership of the isolated nation despite apparent ailing health from a stroke eight months ago. A rubber-stamp assembly re-elected him as chairman of the National Defense Commission , the nation's top position.
It marked a new boost for Kim following Sunday's launch of a rocket, which the West decried as a disguised test of a long-range ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear warhead.
McCain was joined by fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham in criticizing China for accepting North Korea's explanation that it had launched a satellite into space rather than tested an intercontinental ballistic missile, and refusing to get tough on Pyongyang .
"I want to say frankly what we all know, and that is the nation that has true influence over North Korea is this one ( China )," McCain, who lost a Republican presidential bid last fall, said in a morning press conference. He called on China to "take a strong stand" and support possible new sanctions against North Korea in the U.N. Security Council , where China holds veto power.
China is North Korea's closest ally, and provides the bulk of the energy supplies needed to keep the Kim regime afloat. China fears an influx of refugees if the regime collapses.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu dismissed McCain's suggestion that Beijing should step up pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear and ballistic missile program.
"Pressure will not contribute to the goal of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula ," Jiang said.
As a rising military power, China closely monitors satellite and space activity. Jiang, however, refused to pass judgment on Sunday's launch, saying only that it had "taken note" that Pyongyang said it launched a satellite.
Graham disparaged China for accepting North Korea's explanation, which said its satellite is transmitting patriotic music in homage to Kim and his father, Kim Il Sung.
"Let there be no mistake about it: The missile programs of North Korea are not designed to give better music in space," Graham said. "When the Chinese government suggests that they think the missile launch is about a satellite, that's disheartening because I think all the evidence suggests otherwise."
Graham said China's position "makes it hard for me to convince my constituents to help China in other areas because they see that behavior as very threatening to U.S. interests."
McCain voiced disappointment in stalled disarmament talks hosted by China since 2003 that bring the two Koreas, Japan , Russia and the United States to the negotiating table. North Korea tested a nuclear device in 2006.
"I don't think the talks have been very productive," McCain said.
＊ワシントン ポスト紙の、ＢＬＡＩＮＥ ＨＡＲＤＥＮ－ＡＫＩＫＯ ＹＡＭＡＭＯＴＯ（東京）は組だ。彼らは反日記事を書いて飯を食っている。今朝は、「六本木のバーで飲んだアメリカ人が麻薬の入ったアルコールを飲まされて、クレジット カードを盗まれた」と書いている。麻薬云々の事実は検証されていない。その他の記事では、「東京にスラムが生まれている」と。そこで、コメントを入れた。伊勢平次郎
Hey Harden: Akiko again? She is a trash writer. You know well that you won’t be accused of lying in reports as long as there’s a slight percentage of truth to the stories. I honestly think you have never been to Japan nor do you understand the Japanese society. I just returned from Tokyo where I had no problems what-so-ever. Roppogi is a safe town not like America where mass murderers are roaming around with semi-auto rifles. Why can’t you write like Jeremiah Marquez(AP) who wrote; Asian stock markets resumed their upward march Thursday as investors cheered Japan’s $150 billion stimulus proposal and signs recession was starting to ease in the world's second-largest economy.Try writing about our Prime Minister Aso's approval rating,he is apparently winning Japanese public support. By the way,while in Japan I talked with many Japanese people about the cash our government is distributing; all of them said they appreciated it. Your reporting about my county is dead wrong. Meanwhile, Akiko's favorite politician,Ozawa’s rating has hit rock bottom! I can't believe that you two still have jobs at the Post. Amazing!
Aso Gets Japan Election Aid From North Korea Missile
By Sachiko Sakamaki
April 9 (Bloomberg) -- Kim Jong Il’s missile launch over Japan is giving Prime Minister Taro Aso a much-needed boost in opinion polls before elections he must call by September.
Aso’s public support rating rose 9.4 percentage points from last month in a Nippon Television survey completed April 5, the day North Korea fired its rocket. A separate Yomiuri poll gave him a statistically insignificant 1.1 point increase.
Less than two months after his approval rating sank below 10 percent, Aso is gaining at the expense of the opposition. Support for Democratic Party of Japan chief Ichiro Ozawa as a “suitable prime minister” dropped 5.3 points in the TV poll after his top aide was charged with campaign-funding violations.
“Aso is gaining confidence,” said Hirotada Asakawa, a political analyst and author of a book on Ozawa, 66. “Media coverage of missile defense preparation impressed the public Aso was doing well,” and an economic-stimulus package is “also raising his power” with his party’s lawmakers, Asakawa said.
The prime minister will look to build on his momentum in the next two days by extending sanctions against Kim’s regime and announcing a 15.4 trillion yen ($154 billion) stimulus package to help revive the world’s second-largest economy.
Seizing the Moment
Ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Ichita Yamamoto and Hidenao Nakagawa, formerly the party’s No. 2 official, say Aso, 68, should seize the moment and call elections in May, four months before he is required to do so. The premier told reporters today he would decide the election timing after gauging opposition reaction to his economic aid plan.
“We believe the stimulus plan is the undertaking people are most interested in,” Aso told reporters. “It’s only natural for us to adapt our response depending on how the opposition reacts.”
North Korea used the days before the missile test to criticize Japan for vowing to intercept any debris that might land on its territory. The country, which tested a nuclear device in 2006, threatened Japan with a “thunderbolt of revenge” should it interfere with the missile, the official Korea Central News Agency said April 2.
A separate release the same day warned Japan, whose capital of Tokyo is less than 1,288 kilometers (800 miles) east of Pyongyang, that North Korea could “mercilessly deal deadly blows” at “major targets.”
Japan doesn’t possess nuclear weapons and relies on the U.S. to provide for its defense against possible nuclear attack.
Aso responded with a parliamentary resolution protesting North Korea’s missile launch, and government spokesman Takeo Kawamura said Japan plans to extend for one year sanctions that would have expired next week.
“The North Korean launch is a provocative act that damages peace and stability in Northeast Asia, including Japan and the international community,” Aso said after the resolution passed the lower house April 7. “We definitely cannot tolerate this.”
The Nippon TV telephone survey of 568 people taken April 3- 5 showed support for Aso as the country’s leader rose to 28.2 percent from 18.8 percent a month earlier. No margin of error was provided.
“Aso’s luck is turning,” Yamamoto said. “His quick response to the missile launch helped raise his support and the arrest of the opposition leader’s chief aide was like a divine wind.”
Aso, the country’s fourth leader in three years, had struggled earlier to convince voters he could help the country recover from a recession predicted to be the worst since World War II. Members of his own party voiced disapproval of his plan to spark growth with cash payments to residents, and then Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa resigned after he appeared to be drunk during a press briefing in Rome in February.
Ozawa’s vow to remain as head of the DPJ after his aide’s March 24 indictment proved unpopular with voters, with 66 percent of respondents in an April 6 Yomiuri newspaper survey saying they didn’t approve. The poll of 1,042 people didn’t give a margin of error.
Tokyo prosecutors say Takanori Okubo, chief accountant for an Ozawa fundraising group, falsely reported 35 million yen in donations from Nishimatsu Construction Co. Ozawa has denied any wrongdoing.
“The more Ozawa delays his decision to resign, the lower the DPJ’s support will get,” said Yoko Komiyama, a DPJ lawmaker in the lower house. The DPJ won the most seats in the upper house in 2007.
“Until Ozawa’s flop, some would have put money on the DPJ winning the majority at the election,” said Gerald Curtis, a political science professor specializing in Japan at Columbia University. “Now there’s a possibility that Aso’s LDP may come out with more seats.”
The LDP will propose the government implement a 15.4 trillion yen economic stimulus package, or about 3 percent of gross domestic product, according to a document obtained by Bloomberg News. Residents have already started receiving the centerpiece of one of the earlier measures, a 12,000 yen cash handout.
The premier’s quick efforts to restore growth are “worth praising,” said Jun Yamamoto, senior economist at Mizuho Research Institute in Tokyo. “He must be searching for the right time to call an election and minimize his party’s losses.”
Asian markets rally on Japan stimulus, better data
HONG KONG -- Asian stock markets resumed their upward march Thursday as investors cheered Japan's $150 billion stimulus proposal and signs recession was starting to ease in the world's second-largest economy.
Most major markets in the region gained along with the dollar and crude oil prices following two days of declines that interrupted a powerful advance over the last month. Japanese exporters like Sony and Sharp helped lead the way.
Japan's ruling party is seeking a stimulus package that is substantially bigger than originally announced, involving 15 trillion yen ($150.4 billion) in new fiscal spending. The measures, should they win final approval, would equal some 3 percent of the country's gross domestic product.
Asia's largest economy has become catatonic since Western demand for cars, electronics and other exports crucial to its growth evaporated in the last year, forcing companies big and small to make drastic cuts to production and staff.
But Japan's machinery orders _ an indicator of how much the country's companies plan to spend _ offered a glimmer of hope after rising for the first time in five months. Core private sector machinery orders grew 1.4 percent in February from the previous month to 728.1 billion yen ($7.3 billion), the government said.
Investors were growing more confident, but any downbeat news from U.S. companies reporting earnings in the coming weeks or about Asia's economies could quickly sour sentiment.
"Things are stabilizing to a greater extent, but the economic situation hasn't entirely improved overall," said Lucinda Chan, a director at Macquarie Private Wealth in Sydney. "
Japan's Nikkei 225 stock average added 296.33 points, or 3.5 percent, to 8,891.34, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng climbed 333.92, or 2.3 percent, to 14,808.78.
South Korea's Kospi rose 3.7 percent to 1,309.88. Elsewhere, Australia's benchmark gained 1.2 percent, Taiwan's jumped 4 percent and Singapore advanced 2 percent.
Overnight in New York, insurance and technology shares led Wall Street higher in a volatile day, lifted by a deal merging two major homebuilders and news the government was ready to extend aid to battered life insurance firms.
The Dow Jones industrials rose 47.55, or 0.6 percent, to 7,837.11. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 9.61, or 1.2 percent, to 825.16.
U.S. futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street. Dow futures gained 77 points, or 1 percent, to 7,870 and S&P500 futures rose 8 points, or 1 percent, to 830.80.
Oil prices rose to above $50 a barrel Thursday in Asia as stronger-than-expected results from U.S. retailers suggested the worst of a plunge in American consumer spending may be over.
Benchmark crude for May delivery rose 92 cents to $50.30 a barrel. The contract rose 23 cents on Wednesday to settle at $49.38.
The dollar gained to 99.94 yen from 99.72 yen. The euro rose to $1.3256.