Well, at least Honma has gone… December 21, 2006Posted by fukumimi in Japan, Politics.
But with his resignation “for personal reasons”, the LDP are probably going to pretend that the affair is behind them. It seems that many people knew of his living arrangements, an anonymous source saying that the mistress was well known in political circles because she was the mama-san of a hostess bar in Osaka where political types liked to hang out. Clearly the issue is about more than a personal indiscretion, but I suspect the media attack dogs have been called off and they won’t make much of an effort to deal with the heart of the issue, which is how someone with apparently known flaws was allowed to assume the position in the first place. The nomination was due directly to PM Abe’s and the Cabinet Office’s dislike of the previous chairman’s position, and Honma was the hand-picked replacement. Says something about the values and priorities of the government….