Thursday, October 13, 2011

Restating the Question

The last paragraph of Japanese Prime Minister Noda's blog:

Within this month, I intend to formulate a concrete action plan on the basis of the midterm proposal for the revival of the food and agriculture industries in Japan that was compiled in August. In what ways can the national government assist in order to revitalize agriculture and transform it into a growth industry? I will put forward a definite vision as a nation so that the people who will be responsible for the future can engage in agriculture enjoying both big dreams and peace of mind.

He might just as well asked "In what ways can the national government encourage its people to make a career in a declining industry, one that requires fewer workers, produces less income than a career in alternative industries, and one that will burden the rest of the people of Japan through higher food prices?".

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