According to the Japan Times, Taro Aso “shocked the political world” on February 5 when he said he opposed privatizing Japan Post during the Koizumi administration. Privatizing Japan Post was the signature piece of legislation passed by the Koizumi administration. To hear that Taro Aso, a member of the party and the internal affairs minister at the time, opposed that piece of legislation…well, that was completely earthshaking, according to the Japanese media.
His remarks sparked outrage in the LDP. The party would soon face an election and such remarks only hurt the party and increased the likelihood that the DPJ would win the election and assume power for the first time ever.
“I just don’t understand why this happens,” said one LDP member.