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Political PULSE / Tanaka must mend ministry ties
Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan, has been celebrated in many poems and represented in many pictures. Seasonal changes in its scenery have fascinated Japanese for centuries. But Mt. Fuji is beautiful only when it is seen from far away. When viewed from up close, it is a heap of rubble, littered with garbage.
In the political world, Mt. Fuji is often used metaphorically to describe a person who looks agreeable at first glance, but upon closer examination, is found to have flaws. It is likely that many members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party were reminded of this metaphor when Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka was reprimanded by the party's Ethics Committee for "unsuitable" remarks uttered by her in a speech endorsing an …