Lesson : Suga's Refusal to Appoint Science Council

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The first House of Representatives Budget Committee meeting under Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's administration was held on October 2nd. The opposition parties focused on Suga's refusal to appoint members to the Science Council of Japan. In response to the opposition's questions, the prime minister gave vacillating and inappropriate answers, so there were many occasions when the assembly hall went into an uproar.  The opposition will continue to pursue Suga's stonewalling on this issue.  It was a difficult budget committee debut for Prime Minister Suga.

The Liberal Democratic Party prepared difficult questions that push back at the opposition's criticism of Suga's apprehensive answers in regards to the core purpose of the science council.

When Taku Otsuka of the party criticized the science council as "very low quality" and stated that "performance is lacking, considering their use of tax funding," the prime minister asserted that the council has become "an exclusive club, only acting in their own self-interest."  "We decided that we should deviate from the existing appointment process precedent," and said that the refusal to appoint council members is in line with the reform movement's stance of "breaking precedents."

After the question-and-answer session was over, a party executive complimented Mr. Otsuka, saying, "these were all good questions."  Another executive said "don't let the opposition ask questions that are one-sided and like a word association game," implying that he was trying to shift the issue away from the appointment refusal.

In the afternoon, when the opposition's top interrogator Kenji Eda of the Constitutional Democratic Party questioned the prime minister, Suga stated with composure that he will answer with "total concentration of breathing", which is a quote from the popular anime "Kimetsu no Yaiba". 

(abridged) (translated by C&T.Samra)



Vocabulary Flash Card Drill

House of Representatives     衆議院(しゅうぎいん)
  • Called the House of Representatives, Japan's lower house serves a role similar to Britain's House of Commons.  
  • 衆議院と呼ばれる日本の下院は、英国の庶民院と同様の役割を果たしています。
Budget Committee     予算(よさん)委員(いいん)(かい)
  • The first House of Representatives Budget Committee meeting under Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's administration was held on October 2nd.  
  • 菅義偉首相政権下の第1回衆議院予算委員会が10月2日に開催された。
opposition party     野党(やとう)
  • The opposition asked the prime minister some very embarrassing questions.  
  • 野党は首相にいくつかの非常に当惑させる質問をした。
prime minister     首相(しゅしょう)
  • The prime minister of Great Britain is Boris Johnson.  
  • イギリスの首相はボリス・ジョンソンです。
Science Council of Japan     日本(にっぽん)学術(がくじゅつ)会議(かいぎ)
  • The opposition parties focused on the Suga's refusal to appoint members to the Science Council of Japan.  
  • 野党は、菅が日本学術会議にメンバーを任命することを拒否したことに焦点を合わせた。
vacillating     ()れる
  • In response to the opposition's questions, the prime minister gave vacillating answers that lacked honesty.  
  • 野党の質問に応えて、首相は正直さを欠いたためらいのある答えをした。
stonewall     妨害(ぼうがい)する
  • The opposition will continue to attack Suga's stonewalling on this issue.  
  • 野党はこの問題で菅の妨害を攻撃し続けるでしょう。
criticism     批判(ひはん)
  • The criticism he got for his bad behavior that night was something he could never forget.  
  • その夜の彼の悪い行動に対して彼が受けた批判は、彼が決して忘れることのできないものでした。
apprehensive     不安(ふあん)
  • The Liberal Democratic Party tried to defend Suga's apprehensive answers to the opposition's questions.  
  • 自民党は野党の質問に対する菅の不安な答えを擁護しようとした。
exclusive     排他(はいた)(てき)
  • The country club I belong to is very exclusive. You basically have to be rich to join.  
  • 私が所属するカントリークラブはとても排他的です。基本的にあなたは加入するためには金持ちでなければなりません。
self-interest     自己(じこ)利益(りえき)
  • He is very selfish, with his own self-interest in mind.  
  • 彼は非常に利己的であり、彼自身の自己利益を念頭に置いています。
deviate     逸脱(いつだつ)する
  • They wanted to deviate from the normal way we do things, which turned out to be a good idea.  
  • 彼らは私たちが物事を行う通常の方法から逸脱したかったが、それは良い考えであることがわかった。
precedent     先例(せんれい)
  • Their committee broke from precedent and voted before all hearings were finished.  
  • 彼らの委員会は前例を破り、すべての公聴会が終了する前に投票しました。
interrogator     質問(しつもん)(しゃ)
  • The interrogator asked some very harsh questions, which intimidated the witness.  
  • 尋問者はいくつかの非常に厳しい質問をし、それは目撃者を脅かしました。
Constitutional Democratic Party     立憲(りっけん)民主党(みんしゅとう)
  • A newly expanded Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan was formally launched Tuesday with 150 Diet members, making it the nation’s largest opposition party.  
  • 新たに拡大した立憲民主党が火曜日に正式に発足し、150人の国会議員が参加し、全国最大の野党となった。

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