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City Mayor failure or messiah

February 20, 2012

Toru Hashimoto.
He’s the 37 year old Mayor of Osaka in Japan.
No reason to single him out other than he’s popular, has seven kids and was the youngest governor in Japan. Played rugby at national high school tournaments. Got to be a prominent personality through a TV programme offering legal advice. Then had a bit of bad luck in the election when it was exposed that his biological father was part of an organised crime syndicate (=gangster, which actually helped increase his electoral appeal!)
I’ve been researching good mayor/bad mayor and a site already exists to compare mayors and their achievements. All the worlds mayors and the above info can be read on:

Getting back to Toru Hashimoto, he got in with 59% majority.
Here’s a few of his plans:
Regional political mergers with neighbouring authorities.
Promoting and developing localised and alternative energy sources and opposing nuclear power.
‘Thatcherite’ educational reform to improve standards and increase autonomy.
Pledging of removal of trade unions from city hall and incompetent ‘job-for-life’ bureaucrats.

Just in case you think Hashimoto has the same boring policies as anywhere, he’s also pro the:
Disciplining of teachers who fail to stand for the national anthem at ceremonies.

Haha learn those teachers some discipline.

But the best one for me is:
“..calling for Osaka to embrace its sleazy reputation and revive its economy through sex tourism and gambling”

Failure or messiah, you get what you get. Japan, Bristol or anywhere.

  1. Paul Bemmy Down permalink
    February 20, 2012 5:56 pm

    Not sure about the sex tourism, but I”ll take the rest, so sign him up straight away.

  2. Richard Lane permalink
    February 20, 2012 9:10 pm

    I know I’m off topic and will surely receive a threat of a ban, even though others can freely deviate from the topic in their attacks on Lane but I’m pissed off with DEANO.

    He has once more taken historical quotes and reproduced them out of sequence to make me out to be a liar.

    So lets get this correct. I DID NOT claim that Mr Lansdown didn’t say, “No supermarket= no stadium”.
    I stated that, it WAS said by Mr Lansdown, but only AFTER Colin Sextone had said it.
    Prior to that, he had stated that, if the supermarket bid was not successful, then funds would need to be found from other sources.

    I respectfully request that you retract your lies but doubt you will.
    You are a despicable twisting low life that will stop at nothing to mislead people into thinking what you would like.
    In fact, in your reproduction of my statement, it proves how you twist things.
    In that reproduction I admit he’s made the statement, though only at a later date.
    I admit his statement and always have, but I correct your devious version of the timeline.

    So here are the facts:
    When plans were announced for the Tesco store, Mr Lansdown was asked. If the plans for the supermarket were not successful, what would happen to the stadium plans?
    He answered, that this was crucial to the funding but, if the supermarket plan was not successful, then funds were required from elsewhere.
    There were numerous claims of no stadium no supermarket from objectors, they were wrongly credited to Mr Lansdown. They actually came from the Evening post and was their interpretation of the situation.
    After these many claims by objectors, Mr Sextone finallyS made the statement, “No supermarket= no stadium”, this was in August 2009.
    Only at a later date (14th Oct), did Mr Lansdown repeat that statement.

    As for you HarryT, for your claims read DEANO.

  3. Richard Lane permalink
    February 20, 2012 9:15 pm

    Bit right wing then?

    Deano the lying twister of quotes for Mayor.
    HarryThe sheep for deputy.

  4. thebristolblogger permalink
    February 20, 2012 11:30 pm

    Not only off-topic but really boring Dickie. Come on, you’re here to entertain us. If you’re going to go off topic how about an analysis of the TVG latest? That’s sure to get us rolling in the aisles.

  5. February 21, 2012 12:18 am

    I know I’m off topic and will surely receive a threat of a ban,

    Correct, breaking rules 2&3 regarding self indulgent repetitive and off topic ranting will lead to a David Haye size ban.
    Last word on this with me as I did post on the subject all those years ago. The ‘No food store=No new stadium’ was part of the blackmail war of words that the clubs directors used to con the fans and ultimately successfully nobble council planning committee to granting permission for the monster hypermarket. End of.

    Returning to the mayor, agree with Paul that he sounds an ideal character. It’s early days in his role so who knows what he’ll manage to pull off.
    Briefly looking at backgrounds to world mayors and it seems politicians are in the minority. Teachers and medical professionals feature highly in some countries, maybe because they already have high profiles prior to mayor elections.

  6. thebristolblogger permalink
    February 21, 2012 7:29 am

    Dr Jon Rogers for mayor?!!!

  7. Paul Bemmy Down permalink
    February 21, 2012 12:48 pm

    Right Wing. Not really, but there is a paradox in that many working class ideas are portrayed as Right Wing by the Left. It is a mistake people make in thinking that having concerns about the environment automatically puts you to the left side of politics. It does not. I was discussing the SB Link with someone from the local business community, who automatically assumed that being against the road made me anti-business. I am not. I am against building a £50 million road that will achieve very little of whats claimed. Sorry, off topic!

  8. Richard Lane permalink
    February 23, 2012 10:52 pm

    Thanks for your confirmation.
    How come the ban threats only affect me when I go off topic? Is that part of your free speach policy?


    I was referring to this bit :‘Thatcherite’ educational reform to improve standards and increase autonomy.
    Pledging of removal of trade unions from city hall and incompetent ‘job-for-life’ bureaucrats.
    Was I wrong?

    There is nothing in the world that will convince me otherwise, that traffic currently using the Winterstoke road and Parson st gyratory, going to and from the A38 and the estates of Hartcliffe and Withywood will do anything other than utilise the new link road, to cut out those bottlenecks.
    I understand your concerns about the effects on the existing countryside and the pressure to allow developments adjacent to that road, but it will surely make the environment adjacent to the existing roads infinately better. Perhaps there won’t be any developments adjacent to that road.
    Oops, off topic again. What these mayoral discussions will make you do eh!

  9. Paul Bemmy Down permalink
    February 24, 2012 11:32 am

    Hi Rich. Nice to be on this “off topic” discussion. Why would you be wrong? Just don’t get me started on Blair because my language can outdo even the BB. The Link Road. Yes, it will improve the Gyratory at Parson St. It will also benefit “us” here on B/Down. Even forgetting the danger of development, my view is those benefits are not enough reason for the road. You have this little problem called the A370. Now in my 20 years as White Van Man, I knew every traffic jam in a 30mile radius of this city, and the A370/ Long Ashton B/P / Flyover was certainly one to be avoided in the morning rush hour. Now our new road will be gourging thousands of extra cars onto this same jam, untill drivers get wise and go back to their old ways. And we are talking here about a road for commuters. Outside Rush Hour, getting around S/Bristol is not a problem, I do it everyday. So, my opinion is there will be some benefits, but the cost in money, loss of countryside, and splitting S/Bristol communities, makes me against the road.

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