A post on his Facebook page seems to have caused Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to lose points with some of the public. After encountering protestors against Japan joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, Abe took to social media to criticize their stand.
While the international and business communities have praised Abe for the decision to join the 11 other countries in the agreement, it is still a hot-button issue from both the left and right side of the political wings. On Sunday, during a street rally by Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party, some TPP protestors made their feelings clearly (and vocally) known, even while Abe was speaking atop a campaign truck in front of the Shibuya station. A minor scuffle broke out between the protestors and some of the crowd listening to the LDP speeches.
A few hours later, Abe wrote on his Facebook page, which has 350,000 followers, “There were some leftists with microphones and drums in the audience who tried hard, with hatred, to interrupt our speeches. But I must say that gave us fight. Thank You. A child in front laughed them off, saying ‘Quiet!’ Admirable. Please remember that those are representatives of embarrassing adults.”
But somehow, his post doesn’t seem to be available for general viewing anymore, although an official from his office says that they did not take the post down and insists that he can still see the post from his screen. A spokesman from the Prime Minister’s office refused to comment because the issue is on Abe’s personal Facebook page. His Twitter account still shows a link to the Facebook post, although when you click on it, it leads to the non-existent page. But of course, in this age, nothing you erase from the Internet is really truly gone. Users have screen capped or saved the post for posterity. Comments about the post were critical, with some taking offense of his use of the word “leftist” to describe the protestors. “These words are not suitable for the prime minister of a nation,” a user wrote.
[ via Wall Street Journal ]
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