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2012年11月10日 (土)

田中文科相問題 一転認可に反省と謝罪がない

The Yomiuri Shimbun (Nov. 10, 2012)
Tanaka neither sorry nor reflective over her about-face
田中文科相問題 一転認可に反省と謝罪がない(11月9日付・読売社説)

Was it the cabinet minister, rather than the universities, who should have been "disapproved"?

In an about-face, education minister Makiko Tanaka has decided to approve the establishment of the three universities, including one to be named Akita Municipal College of Fine Arts, after her earlier rejection of their establishment.

As the confusion caused by Tanaka has now been resolved, the three universities will be able to open in spring as scheduled.

Due to her misunderstanding of political leadership, Tanaka threw the universities' operators and prospective students into confusion and damaged people's trust in educational administration.

We believe Tanaka should bear the brunt of the responsibility for the matter.

Yet she does not seem to have seriously reflected on what she has done. We find it outrageous that she has said her latest stunt turned out to be good publicity for the universities. She should apologize to the three operators immediately.

A council tasked with examining applications for opening universities submitted a recommendation of approval to the minister last week. However, Tanaka rejected the panel's recommendations, and bureaucrats at the ministry followed her decision.


A history of causing trouble

Tanaka said she rejected the applications because of an unwieldy surge in universities. This is unacceptable. Reviewing the approval system for new universities is a separate matter from the approval of the establishment of each university by the ministry itself.

After facing a barrage of criticism for her disapproval of the universities, Tanaka suddenly began pushing to reform relevant rules, saying she would reexamine the three universities' applications on the basis of new criteria for opening universities.

At the same time, she tried to talk her way out of trouble with semantics by saying, "I haven't finalized my decision, as a minister, on disapproval" of the universities. It also is disgraceful that she tried to shift the blame to the bureaucrats, saying, "These bureaucrats failed to understand what I really intended to do."

While she was foreign minister under the Cabinet led by former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, Tanaka sent diplomatic affairs into great confusion with her eccentric remarks and behavior, and caused discord with bureaucrats at the foreign ministry.


Noda also to blame

The problem does not end with the responsibility of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda for appointing Tanaka as a Cabinet member. The managerial ability of Noda and Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura, both of whom failed to prevent Tanaka from rejecting the universities' applications when they heard about her plans, must also be seriously put in question.

Tanaka said when she briefed Noda on her decision to reject the applications, Noda told her to do as she planned. Did Noda actually believe Tanaka's grandstanding would win her points with the public?

At a press conference Thursday, Fujimura defended Tanaka, saying, "It's unlikely people believe she has done anything wrong as a minister." Does he have a screw loose?

Prompted by the latest controversy, the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry will launch a review of the current system for approving the establishment of universities.

It is true that under the government's deregulatory policies, the number of universities has surged. As a result, there is concern the quality of university education has deteriorated.

But any changes to the system have to do with the fundamentals of the ministry's university policy. Therefore, the issue needs to be discussed properly, and not approached in a slipshod manner.

It is totally intolerable to continue to be at the mercy of Tanaka's spur-of-the-moment ideas.

(From The Yomiuri Shimbun, Nov. 9, 2012)
(2012年11月9日01時21分  読売新聞)


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