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I agree with Education Minister Makiko Tanaka’s speculation that retiring Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara is an “out of control senior” (Oct. 27 Kyodo brief “Ishihara ‘out of control’: Tanaka“). Japan is rife with geriatrics running the country and the economy into the ground. Maybe it’s unavoidable, considering the low birthrate and declining population. And maybe we should praise and congratulate seniors for continuing to be so energetic.

But I expect an 80-year-old person to be long retired and gone away. Now the governor is going to try something new once more. But I am wondering if he ever actually finishes anything?

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