Ryuichiro Hosokawa

For Ryuichiro Hosokawa's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Commentary Dec 21, 2001

Public servants untouched by economic woes

On Dec. 10, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's winter bonus was 5,692,492 yen this year, and other Cabinet members received 4,155,717 yen. These are huge sums in these harsh economic times. Among bonus recipients was Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka, who has made headlines in recent months ...

Commentary Dec 7, 2001

Koizumi takes aim at public corporations

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi believes the Japanese economy cannot recover without structural reform. As the first step in translating this political philosophy into action, he is working on reforming inefficient government-affiliated public corporations. Attention is now being focused on which government-affiliated-public corporations will undergo ...

Commentary Nov 16, 2001

Failure to reform will doom the economy

We no longer hear about "automatic increases in tax revenue." Instead, over the past decade we have heard so much about "deficit-covering government bonds" and "bad debts" that they have almost become household words. The term "bad debts," which was created by bankers, is offensive ...

Commentary Aug 11, 2001

Path to Yasukuni is for the independent

On Aug. 15, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi plans to visit Yasukuni Shrine for the express purpose of paying homage to the souls of those who died during World War II and expressing his determination that Japan will never again seek to solve international disputes ...

Commentary Jul 30, 2001

Leaders must fight for a cleaner planet

For the past century, the world's great powers have pursued better living conditions, fought against each other and worked frantically to develop technologies useful for fighting wars, all in total disregard of the environment. If this continues, the Earth's environment will become so contaminated ...

Commentary Jul 1, 2001

Tanaka should think twice before speaking

Calm does not seem to prevail in the words and deeds attributed to Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka. She caused a considerable controversy when she expressed the view that Japan should join hands with European countries to persuade the United States not to go ahead ...

Commentary Jun 4, 2001

Respects due to those who died for Japan

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has repeatedly said he will go to Yasukuni Shrine to worship on Aug. 15. He will be going, he says, to pay his respects to the spirits of those who have given their lives for their country. Present-day Japan exists ...

Commentary May 21, 2001

Better a wooden chicken than a tornado

As soon as Diet member Makiko Tanaka was sworn in as foreign minister, a powerful "Tornado Makiko" rampaged throughout the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, sending some of the officials way up in the air and forcing others to retreat to hospital. For onlookers, the ...

Commentary May 6, 2001

Koizumi: a balanced blend of silk and steel

Toward the end of last year I had an occasion to attend a gathering with Junichiro Koizumi. It was at a Japanese restaurant in Ginza. The master of the restaurant brought a couple of bottles of warmed sake to our table. One person in ...

Commentary Apr 22, 2001

LDP must reform for the nation's good

For the past decade, the Japanese political scene has remained extremely unstable. Things have gone from bad to worse since the Liberal Democratic Party formed a coalition government. The root cause of the instability was the LDP's loss of majority status in both Houses ...