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Hatoyama quits as prime minister

Posted by Admin on June 4, 2010

Hatoyama quits as prime minister
Futenma fiasco, fund scandals, SDP exit take toll; Ozawa also out
Staff writer

Ending a turbulent eight months in office, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said Wednesday he will step down to take the blame for his Cabinet’s plunging approval rate, brought on by funds scandals and the row over relocating a U.S. base in Okinawa.

Hatoyama also said Democratic Party of Japan Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa, embroiled in a shady transfer of political funds, will step down from the party’s No. 2 post.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Naoto Kan, who is considered the top candidate to succeed Hatoyama, met with him later in the day and told him he plans to run for the DPJ presidency and thus the prime ministership.

DPJ members from both chambers of the Diet are scheduled to choose the party’s new leader at a meeting Friday. That new chief will be elected prime minister at the Diet, where the party holds a strong majority in the Lower House.

“I apologize for the amount of confusion caused,” Hatoyama told a general meeting of DPJ lawmakers held at the Diet. “I thank you all for letting me lead (the administration) for the duration of eight months. I hope you will be able to create a new DPJ and a new government,” he said.

Later the same day, Hatoyama told reporters that he will not immediately resign as a Diet member but will not run for the next Lower House election, indicating he will retire as a politician after the chamber’s next general poll.

Hatoyama also said he had already expressed his intention to step down during Monday’s meeting with Ozawa and Upper House heavyweight Azuma Koshiishi at the Diet building.

On Wednesday, Ozawa reportedly said the new Cabinet will probably be formed Monday and he “regrets” he couldn’t fulfill his duty to support Hatoyama.

Despite the slide in the opinion polls to less than 20 percent, Hatoyama was widely expected to remain in his post with only two weeks left in the ongoing Diet session and about a month until a crucial Upper House election.

But during the surprising farewell speech Wednesday, Hatoyama pointed to two blunders that continued to cloud his administration.

“First is the issue over Futenma’s relocation,” Hatoyama said, apologizing for his unsuccessful bid to relocate U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma outside of Okinawa despite months of searching for an alternative.

Hatoyama’s decision to keep the base in Okinawa resulted in the departure of the Social Democratic Party from the ruling coalition, after SDP chief Mizuho Fukushima was sacked as consumer affairs minister for refusing to sign the Cabinet resolution on the base deal.

The prime minister reiterated the importance of keeping Futenma in Okinawa for regional security, but said he hoped Japan “will be able to provide protection for itself” in the future and free Okinawa from the burden of hosting the bases.

Hatoyama also pointed to the continued political funds scandals that dogged his party as a reason for leaving office.

“I never imagined myself” being embroiled in such a scandal, he said, touching on the unregistered donations from his mother to his political funds management body that led to the indictment of his former secretaries.

Ozawa’s case, involving irregularities related to the purchase of a plot of Tokyo land in 2004, also resulted in his aides being indicted. Ozawa quit the DPJ presidency last spring over a separate funds scandal.

In addition to Ozawa resigning his post, Hatoyama urged DPJ Lower House member Chiyomi Kobayashi, also involved in a scandal involving illegal donations, to step down as a lawmaker.

While Hatoyama in his speech highlighted the new child allowance and tuition-free high schools as his Cabinet’s achievements, DPJ members were quick to move on and look toward the party’s future.

DPJ Lower House member Hajime Ishii signaled that Kan is a strong contender to succeed Hatoyama, saying his party doesn’t “have much time” to look around. “There is no question that he is a candidate, since we need to make a quick decision,” the veteran lawmaker said.

But Ishii, who also serves as the DPJ’s election campaign chief, expressed concern over how Hatoyama’s resignation will affect July’s Upper House election. “I’ve always said that changing the cover of a book doesn’t have much effect” on voters, he said.

Land minister Seiji Maehara, known to have distanced himself from Ozawa, said the two DPJ chiefs probably made “a painful decision,” but one that demonstrates the “clean politics” the party has sought.

While also considered a candidate to succeed Hatoyama, Maehara did not clarify if he will run for the DPJ presidency. But he revealed he exchanged opinions regarding the party’s future with administrative reform minister Yukio Edano and national strategy minister Yoshito Sengoku, who are both vocal critics of Ozawa.

DPJ Upper House member Koji Matsui, who serves as deputy chief Cabinet secretary, said the time is now right for his party to “regain what it once had, change from within and reform itself.”

Meanwhile, other DPJ members were left in shock about Wednesday’s abrupt announcement by Hatoyama.

“I saw the breaking news alert on television, but it could be a false report,” one DPJ lawmaker said heading into the general meeting of party members. “But a plenary session of the Upper House was canceled, which is a sign that there will be a big announcement.”

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano said Hatoyama’s decision was “extremely regrettable,” but added that the government will remain composed and fulfill its duties until a successor administration is installed.

Hirano, who served as a key figure in negotiating the relocation of the Futenma base, said he “felt a sense of responsibility” over Hatoyama’s exit.

Health minister Akira Nagatsuma also expressed regret over the development, saying any prime minister should remain on the job for a certain period to properly govern the state.

“It’s regrettable, but the party must build a strong structure,” Nagatsuma said.

Opposition parties meanwhile were swift to criticize Hatoyama’s move.

“The resignation of the prime minister is merely like changing the costumes in order to trick the public,” Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Tadamori Oshima told reporters.

“We will seek to have the Lower House dissolved now,” Oshima said.

The Japan Times: Wednesday, June 2, 2010

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The Silent Majority

Posted by Admin on June 4, 2010

“The Silent Majority”

Greetings to all current Earth Star residents, We are a consortium of Beings from many different Star Systems. You may be wondering why WE, (mainly off world beings) are choosing to be rather silent these last few months. We have not been transmitting too much lately through this receiver, (David). Truth be told we are, like you, awaiting a sign, an intersection of gridlines, a timeline to proceed with our duly appointed projects to assist Earth in her ascension process. Why? Simply put, we are awaiting signs from all of you! Are you ready? Have you done your homework? Is mass Consciousness being raised? Are you as individuals working dutifully on becoming a better you? Are the problems which have always plagued this planet and its inhabitants being addressed? Or is it “politics as usual?” Tell us, if we were to clean up your atmosphere of all of its toxins and pollutants, if we were to re-infuse this depleted world with oxygen in your oceans and airways, what will change? Will the lessons be learned, or will you simply delay addressing the issues at hand, waiting instead until more tomorrows fade away into yesteryear?

You see, life is simple, yet far too many of you are still making it complicated; still making the same mistakes you have done time and time again. We wonder…why? How many trinkets and baubles does anyone need anyhow to feel worthy, loved, respected and good about themselves? How hard is it to LOVE one another? What will it take to stop your fighting, bickering and verbal and physical abuse towards one another? What will it take for you as a semi-sleeping consciousness to wakeup and smell the roses? These are simple questions to a complex problem. In time, you will all value what you have been gifted with, what you have been blessed with and you will value your relationships with one another and treasure the wellbeing of each other above all else, for that is how it was always intended to be.

You are all Divine Beings having a physical life. You are all Eternal Beings blessed with the ability to reincarnate over and over until you get it, get life, right. The difference this time around is that if you do not learn to appreciate life for all that it has to offer, you will not be coming back to reincarnate on Earth again any time soon. You all know the difference between right and wrong and yet……so many simply do not care. Yet we see that so many of you are awakening and in time you too will begin the Sacred Dance to the Eternal Song of God. In time you will begin in earnest to care about this planet you call home, as much as the God of this Universe, The Creator and the rest of the Creation does.

We Love you all unconditionally despite some of the choices each of you makes. We do not judge you. We do however reserve the right to be disappointed in many of you. We could choose to leave you to your own devises, (demises,) however we will not. We know what you do not, the human race is too important to let it self-destruct or implode upon itself. We will not tell you just how close you came. If you need something to reference to, then look at what occurred during the times of Atlantis, Lemuria and Mu. Fairy tales, myths, folklore? Ho hum, we think not. We know, for we were there then as we are here with you all now. You have no mention of those times in your history books for one thing; because they have been intentionally kept from you so that you did not make the same mistakes twice, and number two; they were failed societies. That is all we will say about this, for now.

Life is short, it is precious, and it is not to be trifled with nor taken for granted. This world loves each of you; she understands your pain and torment. Do you understand hers? She also knows that you are the ones who created it, who allowed it to become as it is. She is ready to leave you all behind once again. This will not happen, at least not on a global scale. Yet each of you should know that many of you will be exorcised (forcibly removed) from her so that she can survive. Be thankful, be appreciative of this fact. The ticket to ride with her is not cheap, nor can it be bought. No longer will you be allowed to say one thing and mean another. Have no illusions about this. This time around it must be earned. If you know not what we speak of we suggest you devote the time necessary to learn, while you still can. The time for paying lip service is over; it has been for some time now. Either way we will see all of you again, if not here on Earth, then again on a distant orb, a planet far from here, one which is still conducive to your required learning or “experience still needed” level.

We wonder, have you really learned what it means to Love Unconditionally? Do you really know what it means to be living in the timeless Continuum, to be an active participant in the ushering in of the Golden Now? Do you know the difference between the Golden Age and the Golden Now? These are questions you need to ask yourself, for we already know. What is the value of One Life? What is considered to be acceptable levels of causality losses during any violent engagement? What does Collateral Damage mean to you? Are you willing to accept any of this as truth or is the price just too high? What will it take for you take a STAND, not just quietly talk about these issues with a friend or confidant or read what others are saying? You have the most amazing tools at your fingertips, each day more and more of you are utilizing this resource. “Which one?” you may ask. The internet, it reaches out to people all over the globe. So what if you are not a receiver of channeled messages. Your thoughts are as equally important as the next person’s. You have a brain, you have ideas that are your own, and you have the accumulated knowledge of all that you have learned since your arrival here so very long ago. Use the tools that you are gifted with, each gift, just as each one of you, is unique. Teach others while there is still time to save more of the slumbering masses.

For now we say.. Adieu.

Yes, we are here. Yes, we are watching. And yes, we are listening. And yes, we are active participants in the Golden Now. We delight in signs of intelligent life. We are more than willing to help in all ways those who are trying to help themselves. Just ask us. We are present – all around you. Yet so few, as of yet, see us. We wonder, how many of you realize that we are either with you every moment of your everyday life, or that we are observing each and every one of you at all times… without question. Why do we do this? Because we are curious, we want to know: are you part of the Silent Majority or will you take a Stand and be counted in the rising temples of voices who are seeking positive change? We also monitor each of you because we love each and every one of you and you are ALL our descendents, our relations, our brethren, our Brothers and Sisters, our Fathers and Mothers.

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