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『がれき処理とひ弱な「官僚知事」』

『がれき処理とひ弱な「官僚知事」』 "Debris Disposal and Ex-bureaucrat Governors" (by 谷隆徳 Takanori TANI, Nikkei morning ed. 2012/03/26, p. 26)  The author claims that ex-bureaucrat governors didn't accept the work of debris disposal, while ex-politician (or ex-statesman) governors accepted debris.  Three notes of mine follow.  First, it’s an interesting piece of work.  This is why I buy newspapers.  Second, suppose... the assertion is true, it's counterintuitive at first sight.  Bureaucrats are supposed to be shielded from popular pressure, while politicians are supposed to be more sensitive to it.  Third, my tentative hunch is that the issue is not only the voices of the residents (as the author claimed in the article) but also the voices within the city hall (Ex-bureaucrats might respond sensitively to local bureaucrats).  This will be a good paper on comparative local politics.  Somebody, please do it.

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