On Wednesday the Hatoyama administration’s Government Revitalization Unit will begin the task of eliminating wasteful or unnecessary projects from fiscal 2010 budgetary requests, which have bloated to a sum of more than ¥95 trillion. Administrative Reform Minister Yoshito Sengoku, head of the unit, hopes to slash ¥3 trillion. We hope the unit, a policy pillar of the Democratic Party of Japan’s election manifesto, will make reasonable, transparent decisions.

Unfortunately, the start of the unit’s work was delayed due to lack of coordination between Mr. Sengoku and DPJ Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa. Mr. Sengoku originally wanted 32 DPJ Diet members for the unit. Since many freshmen Diet members were included, Mr. Ozawa objected. Now only seven DPJ Diet members will work in the unit.

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