MONTHLY LUNCHEON MEETING 26 MAY 2003
Theme:
"Things I'd like to change in Japanese politics"

Guest Speaker:
Marutei Tsurunen, Member of the House of Councilors
RECAP
A summary of Mr. Tsurunen's presentation:

I am already into my second year as a Member of the Japanese Diet. I truly feel that Japanese politics is in need of reform. My ideas for such reform are stated below. If we could carry out this reform, Japanese politics would become more democratic.
  1. The relationship between the heads of local government and the assembly should be changed.
  2. Diet members should stop striving to direct profits to their electoral districts. They should concentrate on their duty in politics at the national level.
  3. Politicians and political parties should stop selling tickets for political fund-raising parties to companies and organizations, aiming to establish autonomy in politics.
  4. Japan should neutrally participate in international politics.
  5. To allow foreigners living in Japan the right to vote in local elections, revising the related laws.
  6. Labor Unions or business organizations should stop nominating their own candidates for local or national elections.
  7. To make the system for Upper House elections, with its system of proportional districts, the same system as the Lower House, using block proportional districts instead of the nationwide district.
  8. To put up public poster boards for candidates in proportional districts during Upper House election campaigns.
  9. To drastically utilize new energy sources such as hydrogen, wind, solar, biomass, etc. gradually reducing thermal and nuclear power generation by the year 2050.
  10. To promote a recycling-oriented society utilizing food waste as fertilizer in organic farming.
IMAGES FROM THE MEETING
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Interesting presentation, interested audience.
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Mr. Tsurunen shares a smile with the head table.
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Mr. Tsurunen pointing out the ten items on his agenda.
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..and the book he has recently published.
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Hachiro Kawai of the Swedish Chamber supports Trunen's views.
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FCCJ PresidentTimo Varhama presents a gift of appreciation to Mr. Tsurunen.
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FCCJ Vice President Mika Mäkinen (Elcoteq Japan) and his "crew".
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Mika Mäkinen hunts Timo Varhama with the microphone.
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The meeting at the Take Room of Capitol Tokyu Hotel was attended by 67 members and guests.
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