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Japan faces the danger of moral bankruptcy. It is difficult to rebuild a morally bankrupt nation, although it is possible to save a financially bankrupt nation with a package of drastic policy measures that could impose economic hardship on the public.

Moral decay stems from mutual hate and a selfish mindset among the Japanese. I am horrified by the recent spate of heinous crimes. For no apparent cause, parents kill their children and children kill their parents. Some think nothing of killing strangers for the sake of killing. They are all inhuman.

I am afraid that the present deplorable situation will continue in the coming years. Compassion for parents, siblings and other humans is a basic virtue, but many Japanese are abandoning it.

Prewar Japanese were poor but I believe they were 100 times more compassionate than today’s Japanese. Japanese today may be rich, but they’re rude and unkind. I fear this trend is irreversible.

Prewar Japanese were taught at school and at home to be kind to others. No such education is given today. Morals are essential to a society. Many Japanese, as a result of media reports, are beginning to recognize the problem of moral bankruptcy. Fed up with the situation, some people are thinking of moving to another country.

Most people have little hope for the uncertain future. It is up to Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori and lawmakers of the ruling and opposition forces to remove the uncertainties.

In the June 25 Lower House election, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party received a severe rebuke from voters, winning only 233 seats, down 38 from its pre-election strength of 271. Several leading LDP lawmakers, including two sitting Cabinet ministers, lost their seats.

The results reflected voters’ rejection of LDP politics of the past decade, which created the economic bubble, caused its collapse, and eroded the value of assets held by Japanese. People were also angered by the use of a large amount of tax money to bail out ailing banks, even though they realized it was unavoidable to a degree.

Mori and LDP legislators should always remember that Japanese are angry with the LDP. It is not enough for the LDP to continue coalition rule with its partners and keep pushing its favorite policy packages. Mori should do some serious soul-searching and implement essential policy measures without delay.

The three-party ruling coalition now has 271 Lower House seats for an absolute majority. Seven seats are held by the New Conservative Party and 31 are held by New Komeito. It may look like the coalition has re-established political stability, but the fact remains that the ruling coalition lost 60 seats in the election, including 11 each lost by the Conservative Party and New Komeito.

Mori should implement educational reforms urgently to end moral decay in Japan and foster sound Japanese. He should also devote all his energy to promote economic recovery, despite arguments that more attention should be given to balancing the budget. He should push his own policies, without worrying about misdirected media criticism.

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