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  • 2015-10-16 15:00:00
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 PM Abe hits the roof over Kishida’s remarks on Constitution

 [Shukan Shincho, 10/22/2015 issue, p. 34]

 

o On Oct. 5, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, 58, made a speech at a workshop held by Kochikai, which he chairs.

 

o Kishida said: “Kochikai has a love of the Constitution. For the time being, we won’t think of amending the Constitution’s Article 9. This is where we stand.”

 

o Kochikai is considered to be “liberal” among the Liberal Democratic Party’s intraparty factions, and Kishida reconfirmed Kochikai’s policy.

 

o However, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, 61, was outraged when he heard Kishida’s remarks.

 

o An LDP source quoted Abe as saying: “Amending the Constitution is our party’s platform. Even so, he said such a thing. What on earth was he thinking?”

 

o This LDP source added: “What’s even more dissatisfactory to Prime Minister Abe was that Kochikai’s Honorary Chairman Makoto Koga was behind Mr. Kishida his remarks. In other words, Mr. Kishida’s remarks were based on Mr. Koga’s opinion.”

 

 ISIL loves Toyotas

 [Shukan Shincho, 10/22/2015 issue, p. 35]

 

o “Toyota’s toughness was amazing to British people.” (a resident journalist in Britain, referring to an episode of BBC’s popular TV program Top Gear called “Killing A Toyota” that featured an old Toyota pickup truck that ran without any parts being replaced and after being run into a tree, hit by a huge wrecking ball, submerged underwater, and even left on a roof of an old ruined building when it was demolished.)

 

o The Toyota pickup was full of dents. Nevertheless, the beat-up pickup heroically ran. There’s no knowing if the “Islamic State” saw this on television, but they do use a lot of Toyota vehicles. That’s why the U.S. Treasury Department asked Toyota to provide information, according to informed sources.

 

o “There are many Toyota vehicles, such as Land Cruisers and Hilux pickups, appearing in the Islamic State’s PR videos.” (an international news reporter)

 

o “It’s impossible to grasp how the Islamic State procured each and every one of those Toyota vehicles. Some of them must have been taken away from their owners, of course. They also bought stolen cars and used cars. Besides, America provided its Toyota cars to Iraq, but they were taken away in the war. Moreover, in the Middle East and Africa, these two models—especially the Hilux—are very reliable, and there are many of them.” (Buntaro Kuroi, a military journalist)

 

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