[Short Story] Minister Kishi and Operation Masks

Something about the comments of Dr. Hournung of the RAND Institute were discussed in the September 24, 2020 edition of Internet TV.

The article was originally published by Kyodo News, giving an assessment of the new minister, but it’s not a separate interview with Dr. Hournung.

They are excerpts from comments that came up during a discussion of the new Kan administration’s prospects.

Perhaps this is annoying to him.

But in a sense, the incident may have been an excellent cover-up for the Kan administration.

In the style of a mystery novel, the story is about how Kan and his team are the ones who benefit the most.

To say it’s interesting would be an understatement, but it’s a very intellectually stimulating development. Let’s give it some thought.

The genesis of the incident

Here’s what happened


As far as the article goes, this “U.S. expert” is Dr. Hournung of the RAND Corporation. At an online meeting on Japan’s security, a U.S. expert expressed doubts about the Kan administration’s choice of ministers.

The online video is available on YouTube. It’s roughly 15 minutes and 30 seconds long.

Dr. Hournung’s statement sounds perfectly legitimate: “The Kan cabinet will be out of office in a year.

The Kan administration will be out of office in a year. “The Kan cabinet will be out of office in a year, and he needs to deliver within that year. The best way to get clear results in a short period of time would be to have someone known to the RAND Corporation, not someone new, as the defense minister. So Kan does not appear to be trying to produce any tangible, outstanding results on defense issues.

It is important to note that Dr. Kishi does not refer to his competence. He cites the recent withdrawal of Aegis on the ground as an example of how unexpected events in defense matters often do not have the desired effect. He expresses a negative view of Japan’s decision to assign a new, lesser-known minister to such a position.

According to the Kyodo News article, Dr. Kishi is “ignorant” of the minister’s comments on international politics, but he uses the word “wonk” in the video, which means “studious” or “scholar”. In the video, he uses the word “wonk”, which has a connotation of being a “studious” or “studious”. It is possible that Minister Kishi is aware that he is an expert in the defense field.

However, according to another interview, he makes decisions after meeting him in person and seeing what he has to say, not based on hearsay. He seems to be a “U.S. pundit” who bears the sign of the world-renowned RAND Corporation and has a Ph.

The comments of this doctor are used in the title of the article in Kyodo News to make the article somehow more impactful. I would say it was a success in terms of sales, as it made its way around to people like me.

Who benefits

Now, in a mystery novel or a mystery novel, you are looking for “who will benefit from this case”.

So who will benefit most from this case? Is it Kyodo News?

No, no, the trust of our readers comes first. We will not publish an article that might get a complaint from Dr. Kyodo. It seems to me.

To begin with, the article says, “I interviewed Dr. Tsutsumi. I’m going to believe it’s true, since it says in the profile section that he also speaks Japanese.

Would you then be in competition with PhDs? There are many institutions that want to be like the RAND Institute, and being a researcher there is something to aspire to. It may be possible.

It could also be a political rival of Prime Minister Suguru or Minister Kishi.

It’s just… This is a mystery novel. At times like these, it’s good to think of the most unlikely-looking person.

And then… How about our Minister Kishi or his staff?

A scenario is developed in which he created a scenario, approached the RAND Institute and casually introduced the video to Kyodo News. (Note: This is just fiction.)

I haven’t heard him say it,” so it doesn’t mean that I haven’t met him or that I don’t know him. That’s why the word “wonk” suddenly appeared out of context.

It’s not that he was reported to have done anything wrong. It’s just that he has a poor record as a minister. It’s going to worry the public, but let’s ask them to be patient with us on defense issues where achieving the goal is important.

I don’t think Kan will diminish Kishi’s reputation because of this. On the other hand, if all else fails, he may be able to extract the benefit of the public’s low opinion of him and his popularity. In a way, this is much more beneficial than being expected to be weird or wary and difficult to move.

The important thing is that the online video is available. If there’s something amiss, we can just refer you to the video. For the RAND Corporation, it would be nice to have a pipeline to Minister Kishi and others involved, for example, with the Aegis issue on the ground.

Even if it isn’t, being a new person in office is a lot of pressure. That’s what they call “new appointees”, so you might say that you’ve put yourself in a great starting position.

Who’s going to lose out

So who would lose the most? It will be Kan who made the appointment, of course. The Daishin appointment is a matter of faction politics and not “requested by Mr. Abe of Hosoda’s party”.

However… The current approval rating for the Kan administration is frighteningly high. With that kind of approval rating, a few things are not a problem. On the other hand, it may be easier to lower expectations now rather than have them become a problem when future issues arise.

The trouble is that the opposition will make it an issue, but if the Dr. in question gives a clear explanation, the matter is settled. So it’s not a story you can call witnesses to in Parliament.

And… He’s a big help to Kan, because he can speak Japanese. After all, he can speak Japanese. Of course, he seems to have the best English of any previous prime minister, but Abe’s diplomatic skills and track record were outstanding.

If he can use this opportunity to get the RAND Corporation on his side and influence other countries from the US government and the private sector, it would be a great diplomatic achievement. It could be a great diplomatic achievement if the U.S. government and the private sector could use this opportunity to influence other countries.


When you think about it this way, this one is a great story for everyone. And for people who aren’t interested in politics, it’s a great opportunity to get them interested in politics. People, fear may be the strongest motivator.

… Perhaps the commentator who was angry on internet TV was also pretending to be angry on purpose?

When you think about it this way, it’s hard to know who is thinking and saying what.

It is true that Dr. Hournung is right, and the most accurate moniker would be to evaluate it through actions that involve actual loss or gain.

And Minister Kishi said that he experienced 21 years as a corporate employee. As a fellow corporate employee, I have great respect for that alone.

Also, he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defense in Aso’s cabinet, which makes him a “rookie as a minister” only.

(Dr. D. also commented that he has no experience in the position of minister or policymaker. I’m not saying that he is an amateur in defense matters at all.)

… I’m starting to feel like this is a development that reminds me of the Abeno mask. Politics is a very profound thing.

Well, I guess I’ll take it as far as I can go. See you soon.

Yotsuba Sei