Sunday, September 28, 2008
Gaffe-prone Nakayama quits Cabinet
The Aso administration started off with a bang, as one of the members of his cabinet called the teacher’s union a cancer, claimed that the citizens of Japan did not like foreigners, angered ethnic minorities by claiming that Japan was ethnically homogenous, and lashed out at the locals near Narita Airport, blaming them for the problems with the expansion of the airport. He had to resign only four days into the Aso administration. From there, things only went downhill for Taro Aso. The media hounded him right from the start. They made fun of him for going to expensive bars after work, claiming Aso was out of touch with the average Japanese worker. With the economy in trouble, and the media attacking him, Aso decided to delay the election and instead focus on the economy.