Shintarō Ishihara, Age 78, Wins Fourth Term as Governor of Tokyo

A week before the Great Tōhoku Earthquake, Tokyo Governor Shintarō Ishihara appeared to be on his way to retirement, but the crisis changed his course: you don’t change horses in midstream. I wish him health and success. I also look forward to translating more of his candid and casual remarks.

Governor Ishihara Receives Congratulations

4th Term Governor Ishihara: “If We Aren’t Frugal, Japan Won’t Last Much Longer”
Yomiuri Shimbun: 4選石原氏「つましくしないと日本もたない」
April 10, 2011

Shintarō Ishihara, his reelection for a fourth term as governor confirmed, said at the metropolitan government office, “If you’d like to know what I plan to do during my fourth term, I can tell you now: the same things I’ve been doing the last three, plus the disaster response. Tokyo is Japan’s dynamo. If Tokyo stops, Japan stops. Things are going to be difficult for Japan from here no out. We need self-sacrifice. If we aren’t frugal, Japan won’t last much longer. We need to stand shoulder to shoulder with each other and scrum.”

Governor Ishihara Suggests Citizens “Resist Pachinko and Vending Machines”
Yomiuri Shimbun: 「パチンコ我慢、自販機なくても」石原氏が持論
April 10, 2011

Shintarō Ishihara, just elected to a fourth term as Governor of Tokyo, said at a city hall press conference on the night of the 10th of electricity shortages stemming from the Fukushima I Reactor disaster, “Japan is the only country in the world in which pachinko and vending machines put together use almost 10 million killowatt hours of electricity per day. We need to reform our lifestyles. It would be good for the government to order us to save electricity. Pachinko players, please resist the game, and we can live without vending machines,” he opined.

Governor Ishihara Says DPJ Defeated Because it Recruited Inexperienced Candidates
Yomiuri Shimbun: 民主敗北、未熟な人の集まりだから…石原知事
April 11, 2011

Shintarō Ishihara (78), reelected to a fourth term as Governor of Tokyo after receiving more than 2.6 million votes, said on the morning following the election that he will continue wearing protective clothing in his public appearances to show solidarity with the areas damaged by the Great Tōhoku Earthquake.

A little after 10:00 AM, while bowing in greeting and entering the metropolitan government office, Mr. Ishihara said, “The national government has switched back to its old wardrobe, but we aren’t in that state of mind yet. They won’t open up the region around the nuclear power plant, but they’re looking nice in their suits and neckties, aren’t they?” he jabbed at the ruling Democratic Party of Japan.

He said of that party’s defeats in the first half of the country’s local elections, “Well, it was a fait accompli. They recruited inexperienced people.” “Pachinko’s not a very sophisticated game; the amount of electricity we’re pumping into it is comical. I think we need to take a hard look at ourselves as a society,” he said, repeating the “Ishihara power-saving measure” he proposed the night before.

The loser, former Miyazaki Governor Hideo Higashinokokubaru (53), asked about falling over 900,000 votes short of Mr. Ishihara, turned the question aside: “I lost. Any margin would have felt the same.”

Original/原稿:

4選石原氏「つましくしないと日本もたない」

写真:当選を確実にし、支持者の前に姿を見せた石原慎太郎氏(10日午後8時42分、東京・港区南青山で)=増田教三撮影

東京都知事選で4選を確実にした石原慎太郎氏は10日夜、都内の事務所で「4選して何をやるかと言ったら、同じ事をやるしかない。プラスアルファで災害対策だ。東京は日本のダイナモ。東京が止まれば日本も止まる。日本はこれから大変だ。我欲を抑えて、自分の生活をつましくしないと日本がもたない。日本人全体がスクラムを組みながら肩を組んでやろう」と述べた。
(2011年4月10日23時27分 読売新聞)

「パチンコ我慢、自販機なくても」石原氏が持論

東京都知事選で4選を確実にした石原慎太郎氏は10日夜、都内の事務所で報道各社のインタビューに応じ、東京電力福島第一原子力発電所の事故による電力不足について、「パチンコと自動販売機で合わせて1000万キロ・ワット近い電力が消費されている国は日本以外にない。こういう生活様式は改めたほうがいい。(節電のために)国は政令を出せばいい。パチンコする人は我慢なさい、自販機がなくても生きていける」などと持論を展開した。
(2011年4月10日21時17分 読売新聞)

民主敗北、未熟な人の集まりだから…石原知事

都庁に登庁し、笑顔で報道陣の質問に答える石原都知事(11日午前、東京・新宿区で)

東京都知事選で260万票余りを獲得し、4選を果たした石原慎太郎知事(78)は、当選から一夜明けた11日、選挙期間中と同じ防災服姿で登庁し、引き続き東日本大震災の被災地支援などにあたる姿勢を示した。

午前10時過ぎ、敬礼しながら都庁に入ってきた石原知事は、「政府は着替えちゃったけど、まだそんな心境じゃない。原発のらちもあかないのに、よく背広とネクタイしてられるね」と民主党政権にチクリ。

統一地方選前半戦での同党の敗北について、「しょうがないでしょうね。未熟な人たちの集まりだから」と続けた。「パチンコなんてあんまり高尚な遊びと思わないが、電力を消費しているのは滑稽。社会全体で反省したほうがいいんじゃないか」と前夜と同じ「石原節」も繰り広げた。

次点の前宮崎県知事の東国原英夫氏(53)に90万票以上の差をつけたことを尋ねられると、「こっちは選挙もできなかったから。票数なんてどうでもいい」とかわした。
(2011年4月11日14時34分 読売新聞)

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