In the current Diet session, two “Sugita”s are likely to shake the
floor. “Women can tell lies as much as they want,” said Ms. Mio Sugita at the Liberal Democratic Party meeting. The testimony of the sexual victim was a lie, she said. Her demeaning remarks aroused public anger. Although she admitted that she did make the remarks on her blog, she has been vague and not apologized publicly. It’s a shameful attitude, not only as a Diet member but also as a person. She also made a flaming remark last year, “LGBT do not make children. They are not productive.” It is embarrassing that the former Prime Minister Abe placed Ms. Sugita at the top of the proportional representation system’s candidate list. But he does not hold her responsible for her action.
Furthermore, when a women’s group presented 130,000 signatures asking for Sugita’s resignation, Ms. Seiko Noda (one of the leaders of the Liberal Democratic Party) said that she did not have the authority to accept the petition. Noda does not understand the seriousness of the matter. So, there is no choice but to call her a badger of the same hole.
Another Sugita is Mr. Kazuhiro Sugita, Deputy Secretary-General of the Suga Administration. He suggested Suga refuse six membership appointments recommended by the Science Council of Japan, although the Council’s independence is lawfully guaranteed. Mr. Sugita, ex-officer of the public security police, may not like the scholars who have criticized the government. He must have surmised the Prime Minister’s feelings in making his suggestion, but it was unlawful. I find his action resemblance to the prewar government, which suppressed freedom of learning and expression to move into war. It is too thoughtless for Prime Minister Suga to say, “I haven’t seen the full list of the recommended appointments.” He is the only one who can appoint. How can he make a “comprehensive and objective” decision without looking at the full recommendation? One month after taking the Prime Minister’s office, Suga inherited the former Abe administration’s negative legacy and exposed his arrogance. The attitude toward the new Henoko base is the same. Words and deeds of two Sugita (“sugita” means “excessive” in Japanese) shake the current Diet session. The opposition parties should pursue the Suga administration thoroughly.
(In front of Camp Shwab Gate)
Unless a typhoon comes, work on land will not stop. It was terrible weather continuing from the heavy rain of the previous day, raining on and off. But many concrete mixers and dumps entered the base. About 40 people dressed in rain gear protested all day.
A total of 184 cars entered through the gate with loads of construction materials three times from the morning through the afternoon.
(Ryukyu Cement Awa Pier)
It rained heavily yesterday, and the sea became rough today. And there was no loading of earth and sand onto the carrier. Also, no deliveries of soil and sand from the quarry to the temporary storage site.
(Shiokawa Port in Motobu)
There is no work for two consecutive days due to unseasonable weather. Ms. A, who was unfairly arrested by the Okinawa Prefectural Police, was not indicted and released from the police the day before yesterday.
Number of dump trucks to date and percentage against the total
The estimation calculated on the basis of the number of ruckloads serves only as a reference.
Number of dump trucks which made delivery from December 2018 to the end of December 2019 114,601(1.39%)
|Number of dump trucks
|Weightt of earth/sand
|Converted to volume
|Volume per Total
※ Cumulative since Dec. 1, 2019
※① Calculated by assuming that the average truckload per dump truck would be 5 tons
※② Calculated by assuming that a specific weight of soil/sand set to be 2
※③ Percentage against 20.200.000m3, the total volume of earth and sand required for the landfill.