He countered the common wisdom that Prime Minister Abe is not accomplishing anything, and explained sarcastically that in fact he was pushing through his vision of a “beautiful Japan.” He then held up a placard that listed the three major goals the Abe administration has been working toward: nuclear technology exports, weapons exports, and gambling (or recklessness might be a better translation). Mr. Koga then gave his own advice that these three arrows of reform should be replaced by exports of renewable energy technology, peace and culture. Then he again held up the “I am not Abe” sign, explaining politely to his host that this time he did not trouble the Asahi staff to make the sign. This one he made for himself. He finished by holding up a placard with a quotation by Gandhi as he advised Japanese people to not be afraid to express their views:
|Mr. Koga's proposals for changing national policy |
goals to renewable energy, peace and culture.
UPDATES: All of these later reports on this topic in the mainstream media reported on the controversy and the scandal, but some of them had much to say Mr. Koga's essential message about the ominous drift of national policy toward disaster.
MAY 20, 2015 Shigeaki Koga, "The Threat to Press Freedom in Japan," The New York Times.
APRIL 26, 2015: "Effort by Japan to Stifle News Media Is Working," The New York Times.
APRIL 5, 2015: Koga’s parting shot may not hit its target.
MARCH 30, 2015: The Japan Times reported on the controversial broadcast a few days afterwards: Ex-bureaucrat blasts Abe on news program.
MARCH 29, 2015: Asahi Shimbun reported on the controversial broadcast the day after I wrote the above: Abe critic claims on air he was axed from TV program at behest of management.
Martin Fackler, Effort by Japan to Stifle News Media Is Working, The New York Times, April 26, 2015.
"Abe critic claims on air he was axed from TV program at behest of management," Asahi Shimbun, March 29, 2015.
Tomohiro Sasaki, "Ex-bureaucrat blasts Abe on news program," The Japan Times, March 30, 2015.
Philip Brasor, "Koga’s parting shot may not hit its target," The Japan Times, April 4, 2015.