Yikes! Most Japanese simply dismissed Aso as a dimwit with poor language skills. However, one wonders where was his staff? In Washington, once you know your "great man" is not the sharpest tack in the box, you learn to compensate for him. Why didn't someone use hiragana to "spell out" his speech for him?
But the issue here is more than a mere nervous reader or poor staffing. As Mizuho Fukushima, president of the Social Democratic Party, fumed "I don't think it is appropriate to read (the word) in the wrong way on a day of prayer, when everybody in Nagasaki is feeling pain."
That is a very nice way of saying, "what sort of self-absorbed cretin has to read a speech that is at the heart of modern Japan's identity and sensibilities"!
One who feels little in his heart for anyone other than himself, is the answer. One who does not apologize, thank, appreciate, or consider. No get well cards from this guy.
Yep, the LDP is going to lose on August 30th.