He has kept voters' attention relentlessly focused on himself and his attempts to reform the party and Japan Post. Foreign policy is glaringly absent from the campaign, although Japan faces several pressing international challenges. They include rising oil prices, the unnervingly bad relationship with China, and the negotiations over US military bases with Washington.This is a correct view. We, Japanese voters, should not be deceived by such a style of campaign.
- "Japan's small world," Financial Times (August 29, 2005).