Kan Yiweis counter attack was no accident. 1000 women were rarely seen at the rally

 Kan Yiweis counter attack was no accident. 1000 women were rarely seen at the rally

Kan Yiwei summed up his success with grassroots counter attack

I cant imagine myself today

Ordinary people like me can be prime minister if they work hard

The 71 year old Abe Chief Cabinet Secretary, Kan Yiwei, was elected president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party without any suspense. Two days later, on September 16, Kan Yi Wei succeeded Shinzo Abe, who had been prime minister for seven years and eight months, as the 99th Prime Minister of Japan.

In his election speech in early September, Kan summed up his success with grassroots counterattack: I just arrived in Tokyo more than 50 years ago, and I cant imagine myself today. Ordinary people like me can be prime minister as long as they work hard. The other two LDP presidential candidates that Kan Yiwei defeated, Shimao Ishida and Wenxiong Kishida, both came from political families. At one time, he was regarded as Abes intended successor. Before that, five of the seven politicians who became prime ministers in this century were distinguished.

However, the victory of the common people is far from the summary of Kan Yiwei. Diligence, loyalty, originality and betrayal, rupture and conspiracy run through his 45 year political career. In an interview with China News Weekly, Professor Wang Xinsheng of Peking University commented that Kan Yiwei was a good housekeeper, but he did not have the ability to be a politician. However, Xing Yuqing, a professor at Japans National University of policy research, is optimistic about the era of Kan Yiwei, because he is similar to Abe in his style of doing things. When the Japanese economy needs to recover, such a strong leader is needed..

Adam Bronson, a professor at the Japan Research Center of Durham University, pointed out to China News Weekly that Kan Yiwei simplified his complicated career into a Japanese dream from poor to rich, in fact, he created a public opinion environment for promoting the economic recovery plan with the spirit of self-help as the core. This seemingly gentle and honest Uncle Linghe reveals his political ambition behind his words and deeds.

Self help beyond faction

The Japanese dream that Kan is happy to tell begins in Akita County in the northeast. He took the members of the campaign back to his hometown there. One of the members, youmeizi, later described that it was a very quiet village, passing through countless mountains and covered with cedars on both sides. Kan Yiweis house was an inconspicuous one story house.

This laid the foundation for Kans support for the Neo liberal economy. In his autobiography statesmans consciousness published in 2012, Kan Yiwei elaborated on his economic policy proposition: building a welfare state should not only pay attention to public assistance (public assistance), but also emphasize self-help and mutual assistance, so as to give full play to the subjective initiative of individuals.

As the eldest son of his family, Kan Yiwei also showed his self-help side very early. After graduating from high school, he went to Tokyo to make a living. In the past two years, this young man, who was fond of reading history books and fishing in streams and taking a walk in the mountains in his hometown, traveled to many factories as a boarding student with the motto of where there is a will, there is a way. Finally, he was admitted to the politics department of law and Politics University, which has the lowest tuition fees, by way of work study. In order to earn his tuition, he worked as a security guard and served as a waiter in a restaurant.

Without a family background, Kan Yiwei gained political resources, and his official career also entered the rising track along the path of Koizumi. However, in Kans self-report, he was elected to Congress in 1996 not because of the upper line, but because of the result of voting and street sweeping.

Mr. Kans colleague Hashimoto confirmed this statement. Hashimoto recalled that in 1986, when Kan Yiwei was preparing to run for Parliament for the first time, Junichiro Kojima thought that he had challenged mature constituencies of other political parties with plain people and had no chance of winning. He opposed his candidacy.

Kan Yiwei, who pursued the spirit of self-help, resigned from his public office and won the election of Yokohama City Councilor the next year, and finally entered the house of Representatives ten years later.

Yokohama residents of beihara long recalled another detail: more than 1000 women came to Kan Yiweis rally. In an era when women generally do not work at home after marriage, Beiyuan said that it is the first time that so many women have appeared at an assembly. In 1998, Mr Kan was re elected to Parliament.

As a fledgling congressman, Kan Yiwei joined Hongchi Association, the most stable middle faction of the Liberal Democratic Party, and held many assistant positions in the party and cabinet, but he did not achieve remarkable achievements. However, in the memories of some members of Parliament, Kan Yiwei has shown his enthusiasm for being a hero behind the scenes. Not rich, he supported Yokohamas Liberal Democratic Party to run for Congress at his own expense, and did not care about those who failed to pay back. During his term of office, Yokohamas LDP members increased from two to five. He initiated the establishment of a federation of members of Parliament, but he did not serve as chairman, but assumed the post of secretary general who actually controlled everything.

In 2020, when Kan Yiwei launched the slogan of peasants children and surpassing faction in the party election, his intention to follow him to leave the powerful faction he was originally in appeared: he was the first candidate for president without faction in the history of the LDP. In the era of bubble economy, only he advocated the hard landing policy to allow big banks to go bankrupt instead of supporting them through government support.

However, in the Japanese political arena where everything is stable, the image of Takayama is not pleasing. Two years after he failed to run for president of the LDP, he retired from politics due to a car accident and died the same year. Kan Yiwei, who continued to sweep the streets and pay homage to the next assistant object, Shinzo Abe, Chief Cabinet Secretary of Junichiro Koizumi, who also dared to speak and did and intended to carry out Neo liberal economic reform, turned his eyes to the next assistant object.

In 2006, when most members of the ruling LDP thought Abe was too young to hold the top job, Mr Kan formed a group of MPs to support Abes election for party president. Japans economic news disclosed that Abe resigned one year after his first term as prime minister. It was also Kan Yiwei who encouraged him to make a comeback, put forward the poll data, and convinced Abe that he could win. Finally, he succeeded in persuading him to participate in the LDP presidential election again, thus opening the Abe era in Japan.

Let the bureaucrats move

Two days before he was elected president of the LDP, Kan Yiwei announced his political commitments for the first time: ensuring employment economically, invigorating the regional economy, and establishing a security system to deal with an aging society; regarding the Japan US alliance as the basis of national security in diplomacy; further promoting the parliament to discuss constitutional amendments to achieve Abes unfinished goal in the internal affairs; and further promoting institutional reform We should promote the decentralization of power, break the departmental principle, and promote the digitalization of administrative work.

Unlike most of Abes cronies, Mr Kan is a professional politician, not a professional bureaucrat. Bronson pointed out that in Japan, there has always been a huge gap between the politicians who make policies and the bureaucrats who implement them. This opposition is particularly prominent between politicians of civilian origin and bureaucratic elites who grew up, studied and worked in Tokyo..

In Abes first term, Mr Kan also found another way to check and balance bureaucrats. When an official disclosed to reporters that the minister hopes for reform, but there is disagreement within the LDP, Kan Yiwei was very angry and demanded that the civil servant be dismissed. Later, he observed that a sense of tension has developed within the Department.

Its hard to say whether Kan got it on purpose or by accident, but it made him sum up a rule: bureaucrats are very sensitive to personnel issues. From personnel issues, they can feel the will of ministers, that is, politicians. In Abes second term, Mr Kan took this approach to the entire cabinet.

Japanese media later criticized that in such an environment, civil servants would feel invisible pressure, dare not disobey the government, and even comply with the wishes of the government without clear notification, because they were afraid that they would be demoted or dismissed if they did not obey.

Japans bureaucracy is the best think tank in the world, with incredible capabilities, but its sectarianism and reliance on precedent create a distance from the public. In his autobiography, Kan concludes, but if used effectively, our organization will be closer. In 2020, he once again stressed in the election that Japan will not revive unless the sectarianism and precedent principle are broken.

When the outbreak of Xinguan came, Sen Gongs Abe core circle launched a counterattack against Kan Yiwei by means of epidemic prevention. However, Kyodo News Agency and other media believe that Abes attitude towards Kan Yiwei has also undergone subtle changes: since 2019, Kan Yiwei has gone up in the public opinion survey of the next prime minister. The Nikkei news even said in the report at that time that if there is a call within the ruling party for Kan Yiwei to be the leader, it will not be surprising.

In the work of epidemic prevention in Xinguan, although Kan Yiwei, who has always been the housekeeper of Abe, took part in the work and sat beside the prime minister to attend the press conference, he did not have much in charge of the actual work. Yasunari Nishimura, minister in charge of economic regeneration, is responsible for the implementation of the new crown special measures law, while the assistant prime minister and the Ministry of economy, industry and industry are responsible for the supply of masks. Kan Yiwei has been less involved in policy, but he has a firm grip on cabinet bureaucrats, and the prime ministers office is not so stable that he cant leave. Sengong has disclosed publicly.

But Abe and Mr Kan denied in public that they were not at peace. Abe stressed that since the beginning of Abes government, I have always been in one mind with the Chief Cabinet Secretary, while Kan Yiwei responded to the question of the sense of existence is not obvious: I do my own thing well.

It should not be an interim government

On September 14, Kan held his first press conference after he was elected president of the LDP. He repeated the political platform during the election, but did not mention the consumption tax. Four days ago, he said on a TV show that if we think about the future, we must thoroughly implement the reform and then ask the people to raise the consumption tax. However, the next day, the LDP clarified that this is only a plan for the future. According to the plan, there will be no third tax increase in the next 10 years.

During Abes administration, the Japanese government raised the consumption tax to 10% twice, each time leading to a decline in the support rate of Abes cabinet. Under the realistic trend of aging population, if the Japanese government wants to maintain the social security system, it must increase the consumption tax. Moreover, the proportion of consumption tax in Japan is still lower than that of some European developed countries. Xing Yuqing explained to China News Weekly, but this is a long-term and complex task, and it is difficult to take action at a time when we need to revive the economy and boost the vitality of the domestic economy. Kan raised this question, which shows that he is not a very tactful politician.

Another controversial speech by Kan Yiwei reflects his unfinished wish to follow the example of shiyama. In an exclusive interview with Asahi Shimbun on September 7, Kan Yiwei said that after being elected, he would implement the separation from factions model and would not discuss personnel arrangements with the factions in the LDP in advance. In addition, he stressed that we hope to employ professionals in different fields and people who are willing to reform. The top priority is still those who are willing to reform. .

Both Xing Yuqing and Sasaki Wenzi told China News Weekly that according to the reality of Japanese politics, Kan Yiweis statement could not be realized. The position of the LDP Prime Minister depends on the factional alliance. Mr Kan himself does not belong to any faction. He was elected according to the LDPs factional power structure - five of the seven factions support him. So his time in office will depend on how he deals with the demands of each faction. Sasaki said.

In the September 14 election, Kan Yiwei got the clear support of the two main factions, with 54 votes from the faction of Abes political ally Taro Aso and 47 votes from the second rank Junbo faction. Some analysts believe that this means that 80 year old ASO may continue to serve as Deputy Prime Minister and finance minister, while 81 year old second-class Junbo will remain as Secretary General of the LDP.

At the beginning of the post Abe era, not only did the younger generation not take over, but a super senior government was born. In this regard, Chen siyuki, director of the Japan program of the Stimson center, and other experts suggest that as a transitional prime minister, Kan Yiwei paves the way for the partys leadership to span a generation and launch a younger generation such as otaro Kono in the run-up to next years general election. There are also voices in the LDP that the successor to this election will only complete Abes term until September 2021. However, Mr Kan has made it clear that his government should not be an interim government.

However, Sasaki Wenzi pointed out that Kan Yiweis follow-up trend depends on the attitude of the LDP. Kan does not want to be an interim government, which means that he may need to dissolve the parliament before the end of his term of office and advance the general election. However, when asked about the timing of the early election, Kan Yiwei refused to comment. Instead, he used the words of a government spokesman, saying that the fight against the coronavirus epidemic will be a priority.. He seems to be throwing out the topic and waiting for feedback.

Therefore, Xing Yuqing judged that Kan Yiwei was likely to become a strong leader to lead Japan into the kan Yiwei era. Sasaki also pointed out that from the perspective of foreign relations, this is also a good thing. Without a strong leadership, Japans diplomacy may be divided into pro american and pro Chinese factions, thus failing to form a strong and consistent policy.

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