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August 10, 2012 at Press Conference by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda

"People ask me why I often say that I will put my political career on the line for this reform and not put my political career on the line for the reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake, the fight against the nuclear power station accident, or the revitalization of the economy. Whether it be the reconstruction from the earthquake disaster, the fight against the nuclear power station accident, the revitalization of the economy, or administrative reform, these are all themes that everybody must address, regardless of whether they are from the ruling or opposition parties. These are themes which we must tackle with all of our strength. I believe most people in Japan agree with me. On the other hand, the comprehensive reform which asks people to bear a burden is a theme that could divide public opinion. Unless I was resolved to put my political career on the line, we may have wavered, deferred, avoided, or hesitated to take action. For this reason, I stated my unwavering resolve to put my political career on the line for this theme."

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Press Conference by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, August 10, 2012 (Full text)

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