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Japan Finance Minister Matsushita found dead at home in possible suicide: police
Japan Times ^ | September 10, 2012

Posted on 09/10/2012 2:58:56 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin

Japanese financial services minister Tadahiro Matsushita was found dead at his residence in Tokyo on Monday, police said, adding they suspect the country's top financial regulator committed suicide.

The police have yet to disclose details about the death of Matsushita, 73.

A member of the People's New Party, the coalition partner of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, Matsushita served concurrently as postal privatization minister.

Matsushita was a five-term member of the House of Representatives from Kagoshima Prefecture.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Government; Japan
KEYWORDS: japan; matsushita

1 posted on 09/10/2012 2:59:02 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Ruh Roh!


2 posted on 09/10/2012 2:59:37 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: dfwgator

Hara Kiri? Sounds like.


3 posted on 09/10/2012 3:00:51 PM PDT by EggsAckley ("There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply!")
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To: DeaconBenjamin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seppuku

... or a reasonable facsimile thereof.

4 posted on 09/10/2012 3:02:57 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (ObamaCare is an assault on the unborn, infirmed and elderly. GOP, repeat this as necessary...)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Too bad that our... never mind.


5 posted on 09/10/2012 3:03:41 PM PDT by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: EggsAckley

That might indicate that Japan’s problems are bigger than people are thinking.

The only way out is to do what Iceland did. There are no gradual solutions here.


6 posted on 09/10/2012 3:04:30 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Japanese stock markets will probably be jittery until the show drops.


7 posted on 09/10/2012 3:05:34 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Charlie Daniels - Payback Time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWwTJj_nosI)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

They allowed children (even preteens) to become sex objects and kiddie porn possession is legal in Tokyo and Nagano. If they had any honor a lot more of them should be doing this.


8 posted on 09/10/2012 3:08:30 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: dfwgator

I’m waiting to hear more on this. Could be lots of things. Could be guilt over some scandal about to erupt. He could have had some incurable disease.

My spidey senses tingle, though, considering the financial situation in the world today and the fact that he was Finance Minister for a major player on the world stage.

Let’s see how it develops....


9 posted on 09/10/2012 3:09:13 PM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: Jonty30

>The only way out is to do what Iceland did.<

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What Iceland did was possible because Iceland has a racially homogeneous population with a common will to survive.

The US is more balkanized than the Balkans ever were, and you know the problems they had. Our celebrated “diversity” will be our downfall — every little ethnic group will only look out for themselves and national unity will be and is a thing of the past.


10 posted on 09/10/2012 3:12:36 PM PDT by 353FMG (The US Constitution is only as good as those who enforce it.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

I wonder if this was an Arkansas style “suicide” - 4 or 5 shot gun blasts to the back of the head, or tied to a railroad track or something like that


11 posted on 09/10/2012 3:14:58 PM PDT by Arthurio
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To: palmer

I agree with what you were going to say.

LLS


12 posted on 09/10/2012 3:19:00 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("if it looks like you are not gonna make it you gotta get mean, I mean plumb mad-dog mean" J. Wales)
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To: Jonty30
That might indicate that Japan’s problems are bigger than people are thinking.

Exactly what I was thinking.When a Japanese is in charge of something that turns really bad they're known to kill themselves in order to maintain "honor".

13 posted on 09/10/2012 3:20:48 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama's Reelected Imagine The Mess He'll Inherit!)
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To: DeaconBenjamin; Kartographer

Anyone who isn’t well along in their preparations needs to pick up the pace.

There won’t be many more more Red Flags likes this before it’s too late.


14 posted on 09/10/2012 3:24:39 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Too bad none of all our czars have any honor.


15 posted on 09/10/2012 3:25:23 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Seppuku takes 2 people and quite messy. The individual slices open his belly with a knife or short sword. The second beheads him. I've seen pictures supposedly of Yukio Mishima. His second did not proper decapitate him, tring a few times. A third nationalist fixed the situation. A bloody mess all around.
No one has done this since then. Still, if someone wants to send a tanto to Greenspand, Bernake, and Geithner....
16 posted on 09/10/2012 3:38:59 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...
Thanks DeaconBenjamin.


17 posted on 09/10/2012 3:40:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
I remember when this happened. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yukio_Mishima the most recent (?) public self-knifing. By the way the guy who attempted (unsuccessfully) to behead Mishima went on to a successful career in Hollywood. Domo arigato, Mr. Miagi. Domo arigato ....
18 posted on 09/10/2012 3:47:26 PM PDT by tumblindice (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: 353FMG

Im saying that is the solution, but you’re probably correct in that people are going to fight to minimize their personal losses and that will cost more in the end.


19 posted on 09/10/2012 3:50:22 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: rmlew

Correct. His first kaishyaku in fact was his homosexual lover who was not a swordsman —ended up hitting his in the shoulder.

Mishima was in agony and another member of the TateNoKai (a long-time kendo expert) seized the blade and promptly lopped off his head.

The first boy went on to become a famous weird celebrity and then later got into quite a bit of trouble.


20 posted on 09/10/2012 3:56:39 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: tumblindice

Mishima was a nutcase (and his writing is boring as all get out), but I think you’re wrong about who unsuccessfully tried to decapitate him. Masakatsu Morita failed in his attempt and committed seppuku himself, by earlier agreement another member of the Tatenokai, Hiroyasu Koga, finished the job on them both.


21 posted on 09/10/2012 3:57:21 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Probably not a sex scandal —it might mean that it was his job to disclose something or induce some change that he found unbearable.

My guess is that a VERY large entity is bankrupt and nearing the end of it’s rope.


22 posted on 09/10/2012 4:00:44 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Tijeras_Slim
"I want a mulligan!"
23 posted on 09/10/2012 4:01:49 PM PDT by tumblindice (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: tumblindice

Awkward time for a bogey.


24 posted on 09/10/2012 4:03:07 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Investigative sources said the minister was discovered hanged at his home in Tokyo and was taken to hospital but confirmed dead. Tokyo police have found no sign of foul play.
25 posted on 09/10/2012 4:05:24 PM PDT by x
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To: DeaconBenjamin
This man was Japan's Financial Services Minister, not the Finance Minister. He'd be equivalent in this country to the head of the SEC, whereas the Finance Minister would be something like a morphing of the Fed Chair (Bernanke) and Treasury Sec. Geithner.

While the suicide of such a high-ranking official could indeed point to trouble for Japan's economy, it is nowhere near as serious as it would be if it was indeed the Finance Minister who had committed suicide.

26 posted on 09/10/2012 4:06:06 PM PDT by mojito
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To: tumblindice

Hahaha...! Nah...!

But he WAS a celebrity —a whacko designer with technicolor dyed hair who...got into a physical altercation with a woman whom he almost beat to death —pretty unJapanese. They invited that whacko onto a lot of TV shows, later.


27 posted on 09/10/2012 4:06:56 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Tijeras_Slim

No, it’s true! They had cheerleaders too.

‘Seppukuties’: geisha girls who did fan dances and urged the participants to kill themselves cleanly and honorably.

Golf lost a living legend this morning. I surprised it hasn’t been in the news: Jack Nicholson, RIP.


28 posted on 09/10/2012 4:07:11 PM PDT by tumblindice (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: tumblindice
Golf lost a living legend this morning. I surprised it hasn’t been in the news: Jack Nicholson, RIP.

Hey! Joe (Biden)! You have just been outed.

29 posted on 09/10/2012 4:17:42 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: Arthurio

The word is he hung himself.


30 posted on 09/10/2012 4:36:31 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin (A trillion here, a trillion there, soon you're NOT talking real money)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Oh this is such bad news not just for his family but the implicatins world wide cannot be ignored


31 posted on 09/10/2012 4:44:59 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Nifster

Yes. I would say things you don’t want to hear about when the global economy is on tenterhooks: finance, banking or treasury minister suicides.


32 posted on 09/10/2012 4:58:46 PM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: tumblindice

Where did you hear this?


33 posted on 09/10/2012 5:39:18 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Mishima a nutcase? Without a doubt.

That said I do enjoy his writing.
“The Sound of Waves”,a good read!


34 posted on 09/10/2012 5:50:48 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

For those foreigners wondering what this means: THIS IS NOT A GOOD SIGN.


35 posted on 09/10/2012 6:03:42 PM PDT by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: DUMBGRUNT

He did have a fine way of crafting words, unfortunately it was lost in the craziness.


36 posted on 09/10/2012 6:51:35 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: rmlew; maikeru; Dr. Marten; Eric in the Ozarks; Al Gator; snowsislander; sushiman; ...
Still, if someone wants to send a tanto to Greenspand, Bernake, and Geithner....

Tantos all around, for Congress and K-Street!

日本 ピング  (kono risuto ni hairitai ka detai wo shirasete kudasai : let me know if you want on or off this list)

37 posted on 09/10/2012 6:59:16 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: tumblindice

You’re not saying it was Pat Morita?!?


38 posted on 09/10/2012 7:34:30 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: tumblindice
Wrong, it was Masakatsu Morita that attempted the beheading. He subsequently committed seppuku himself and was beheaded.

Kinda difficult to have a successful Hollywood career without a head.

39 posted on 09/10/2012 9:07:19 PM PDT by vrwc1
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To: vrwc1

Are you sure...? How could they tell...?

For some film genres these days having no head could actually provide a career boost....


40 posted on 09/10/2012 9:15:39 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: vrwc1
Kinda difficult to have a successful Hollywood career without a head.

That's a matter of opinion.

41 posted on 09/10/2012 9:16:03 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin (A trillion here, a trillion there, soon you're NOT talking real money)
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To: Ramius; All
sword ping?

42 posted on 09/11/2012 1:00:38 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
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To: EggsAckley

hanging


43 posted on 09/11/2012 1:48:47 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Donate, & walk precincts, not for "Parties", but for individual, principled "Candidates" (& for FR)
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