(再掲)2013/02/27 【IWJブログ】「アーミテージさん、ありがとうございます」属国日本の姿を堂々とさらけ出した安倍総理 米講演で


 「Japan is back(日本は戻ってきました)」、そして「I am back(私は戻ってきました)」。










■この動画は、「CSIS Live」による安倍総理講演のユーストリーム動画アーカイブです。


Japan is Back

内閣総理大臣 安倍晋三

Thank you, Dr. Hamre, for your warm introduction. Thank you, Secretary Armitage, and thank you, Ambassador Schieffer, and thank you, Governor Parnell, thank you, Dr. Green, and thank you all for joining me today.


Last year, Richard Armitage, Joseph Nye, Michael Green and others published a paper about Japan. They asked if Japan would end up becoming a tier-two nation.


Secretary Armitage said, here is my answer to you: Japan is not and will never be a tier-two country. That is the core message I’m here to make, and I should repeat it by saying I am back and – (laughter, applause) – and – thank you – and so shall Japan be. That much is what I have wanted to say.


The time I’ve spent, five long years, since leaving office as prime minister was my time for reflections. First and foremost, I reflected upon where Japan should stand in the future. I didn’t think whether Japan could do this or that. I thought more often what Japan must continue to do. Here are the three tasks that were always in my mind while I was thinking that way.


Firstly, when the Asia-Pacific or the Indo-Pacific region gets more and more prosperous, Japan must remain a leading promoter of rules. By rules, I mean those for the – for trade, investment, intellectual properties, labor, environment and the like.


Secondly, Japan must continue to be a guardian of global commons, like maritime commons, opening us to benefit everyone, Japan’s aspirations being such.


Thirdly, Japan must work even more closely with the U.S., Korea, Australia and other like-minded democracies throughout the region.


A rules promoter, a commons guardian and an effective ally and partner to the U.S. and other democracies must Japan be.


I also looked at the globe. It tells me that as your long-standing ally and partner, Japan is a country that has benefited from and contributed to peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific for well over half a century.


The bedrock for that, needless to say, has been our alliance. It is high time in this age of Asian resurgence for Japan to bear even more responsibilities to promote our shared rules and values, preserve commons and grow side by side with all the high achievers in the region. No luxury is allowed for Japan to be self-absorbed in its struggle against economic malaise.


My mental globe also told me that Japan must remain a robust partner in fight against terrorism. My resolve is even stronger now after what happened in Algeria, the killing of 10 Japanese and three American engineers.


The world still awaits Japan, I thought, in promoting human rights in the fight against poverty, illness and global warming, and the list goes on. That’s why, ladies and gentlemen, I stood for office again. That’s why I’m resolute to turn around Japanese economy.


I said a moment ago that the Asians are making great progress with the exception of a single country. I should have added, the exception, of course, North Korea.


My government, upon their nuclear test, introduced an added sanction against Pyongyang. Their nuclear ambitions should not be tolerated unless they give up on developing nuclear arsenal, missile technologies and release all the Japanese students they abducted. My government will give them no reward.


This is no regional matter but a global one. Japan, on my watch, should work hard with the U.S., South Korea, others and the United Nations to stop them from seeking those ambitions.


Now, if you look at the lapel of my jacket, I put on a blue-ribbon pin. It is to remind myself each and every day that I must bring back the Japanese people who North Korea abducted in the 1970s and ’80s. Among them was a girl, Megumi Yokota, who was only 13.


That is also the reason why, as a nation firmly behind human rights, Japan must stay strong, strong first in economy and strong also in its national defense.


Let me tell you, Japan must be austere as well. It – I led my government to increase for the first time in many years the budget for homeland defense.


So today, here with you, with John, Mike and all my distinct friends and guests, I make a pledge. I will give back a strong Japan, strong enough to do even more good for the betterment of the world. (Applause.) Thank you.


The Japanese voters have given me a renewed opportunity as prime minister to turn my tasks into reality. Each morning I wake up with a slim and somber sense of tremendous responsibility.


Now, there is something called “Abenomics.” I didn’t coin the word – (laughter) – markets did. It is a name for my three-arrow economic booster plan. In Japan, deflation has gone on for more than a decade. My plan, or Abenomics, is to get rid of that, first and foremost.


Indeed, it has made a jump-start. The first arrow: I urge Bank of Japan to do their job on a dimension they thought they couldn’t do. Investors, both Japanese and foreign, have started to buy Japanese shares. Japan’s industrial wheel – better greased due to export growth. Total stock index has risen as a result.


The second arrow is to carry out our supplementary budget (sure ?) enough to lift the economy by 2 percent and create 600,000 jobs.


The third one is about growth strategy. Private consumption and investment will come much sooner than we expected. So far all economic indicators point north.


True, we have shot those arrows before but only in timidity and incrementally. In my plan, the three arrows are strong and fast and being shot without any interval. Soon Japan will export more but import more as well. The U.S. will be the first to benefit from that, followed by China, India, Indonesia and so on.


That is not the end of the story, though. A task even graver remains. That is to enhance Japan’s productivity. It is to restore Japan’s economic structure. Women should be given much greater opportunities. The big savers, mostly aged population, must be able to give their money to the younger generation with smaller tax burdens, which is exactly what my government is now doing.


Before conclusion, let me make a few words on China and then define how I view the Japan-U.S. relationship.


About the Senkaks (ph), first, history and international law both attest that the islands are Japan’s sovereign territory. After all, for the long period between 1895 and 1971, no challenge was made by anyone against the Japanese sovereignty. We simply cannot tolerate any challenge now and in the future. No nation should make any miscalculation about firmness of our resolve. No one should ever doubt the robustness of the Japan-U.S. alliance.


At the same time I have absolutely no intention to climb up the escalation ladder. In fact, my government is investing more into people-to-people exchanges between Japan and China.


For me, Japan’s relations with China stand out as most – as among the most important. I have never ceased to pursue what I hold mutually beneficial relationship based on common strategic interests, with China. The doors are always open on my side for the Chinese leaders.


That leads me to say finally a few words on our mutual ties between the U.S. and Japan.


In order for us, Japan and the United States, to jointly provide the region and the world with more rule of law, more democracy, more security and less poverty, Japan must stay strong. That is my first point.


I have started to revisit our national defense program outline. Our Defense Ministry will get an increased budget, all in order to do just that.


Looking back, it is remarkable that the bond we have developed between Japan and the U.S. has weathered bad days and good, rain or shine, to have lasted for well more than onefourth of the entire history of the United States.


Yet that should not surprise anyone. The United States, the oldest and the biggest maritime democracy, and Japan, also Asia’s most experienced and the biggest leader of democracy that is also an ocean-goer, a natural fit.


They have been so for many decades, and they will remain so for many more decades to come.


Some say now the biggest emerging market is, in fact, Middle America, like Dakotas and Carolinas.


Now, in conclusion, ladies and gentlemen, my task is to look toward the future and make Japan the second-biggest emerging market in the world, and the even more-trusted partner for the region and the world.


The road ahead is not short; I know that. But I have made a comeback just to do it for the betterment of the world. Japan should work even harder, and I know I must work hard as well to make it happen.


So, ladies and gentlemen, Japan is back. (Laughter, applause.) And keep counting on my country.


Thank you very much. (Applause.)


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  1. TPP参加の時期については、安倍に一任願いますとか、再稼働については、執行部に一任願いますとか言った野田と同じような動きをしており、主権者国民はどこにもいないのはだれが、制御しているのか明らかだ。筋肉のかたまりのような、頭悪そうなアミテージに牛耳られているのは本当に残念です。既得権益に染まり、役割を演じているだけの法務官僚とマスゴミに人相を悪くされた小沢一郎に権力を与えるしかもうないのではないか?水曜ダンディを見ているような人は目覚めた人だから、割り引かなければいけないが、安倍支持1400に支持しないが2000だったのは少しうれしいね。これを国民全体に広げなければ、どうにもならない。岩上安身さんはツイッターとIWJを使って、日夜情報公開に努めておられるのに、情報を得ようともしない主権者国民はまだ大多数です。IWJの動画を見るには54000円(1例:NTTフレッツ光)+10000円(一般会員)は最低でも必要ではある。糞新聞止めれば、十分可能であると思うが、なぜなんだろうか?

  2. 安倍晋三は変わらない。我々が変わるしかないのだ。他に方法はない

  3. どうしようもない日本の政治体制を叩き潰してほしい。真の情報を提供に奮闘している素晴らしい行動に感激しています。私もできる範囲なら協力したいと思っております。


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