“Café Democrats” -
Forum for briefings and social exchanges with the diplomatic community in Japan -
80 participants from more than 40 countries, including nine ambassadors
After Prime Minister Hatoyamas resignation on June 1, 2010, the second “Café Democrats” took place in Tokyo.
As an influentely member of Hatoyamas ruling party Yukihisa Fujita had founded the forum “Café Democrats” in April 2010
for briefings and social exchanges with the diplomatic community with participants from more than 40 countries.
Prime Minister Hatoyama had been under immense pressure concerning the Okinawa military base question.
There might have been earlier agreements between the US and Japan he had to comply with. In his resignation speech he took the responsibily for not having been able to help Okinawa. He said other people should put in all their energy to solve the problem in the future.
He stated his regret that he had disappointed the people of Okinawa and also a small coalition party that has now left the coalition.
It remains to be seen what made him agree to his former decision about the Okinawa base question.
Many people in Japan are looking for an answer to the questions, but many still hope a change is possible.
All the time there had been a press-campaign against the Hatoyama Government from the day his government came into power. TV and printmedia did portray the government and its representatives as complete failures. The ruling governments party chairman was ordered for interrogations to the headquartes of the Tokyo police for not declaring some donations, Police even detained people over these blown-up allegations.
The press was an integral part of this dirt-campaign , that also seems to include state prosecutors. The result of the campaign are reflected in recent polls by the very same journalists, who now claim the polls mean an upcoming defeat.
But grassroots support is still running strong. Fujitas and Hatoyamas Democratic Party DJP increasingly uses the internet. Twitter has become a powerful tool for a permanent communication network.
A new independent network of journalists has also developed in recent months. the-journal.jp
Hatoyama now made place for a new team and its remains to be seen what direction Japan will take.
Yukihisa Fujitas and its participants from more than 40 countries show the new administration and its grassroots movement has taken until now.
April 23, 2010
“Café Democrats”, a forum for briefings and exchanges with the diplomatic community, launched.
On April 23, DPJ International Department Director General Yukihisa Fujita hosted the first meeting of “Café Democrats”, a forum for briefings and social exchanges with the diplomatic community in Japan. Close on 80 participants from more than 40 countries, including nine ambassadors, took part and a lively discussion took place.
In his opening address, Fujita looked back over the first six months of the DPJ government, explaining that this period had mainly focused on the “dismantling of the ancien regime”. He cited the budgetary review as one example of this process. He also emphasized that the DPJ intended to develop a more “transparent and open” framework, particularly in the area of foreign policy. Following this, International Department Vice Directors General Kuniko Tanioka, Harunobu Yonenaga and Joe Nakano informed the gathering of their respective geographical areas of responsibility and fields of expertise, as well as their expectations for the future direction of “Café Democrats”.
The participants from the various embassies expressed their thanks and appreciation to the DPJ for organizing such an opportunity for exchanging views in the relaxed atmosphere of a “café”, as well as their expectations for the DPJ administration. With the interest in the effects that a change of government has brought about in Japan remaining as high as ever, there were numerous suggestions for the theme of the next meeting, and the meeting ended in a friendly and upbeat mood.
Councilor Fujita is a former member and director of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense. In this function he questioned 9/11 three times in parliament in 2007 and 2008, before his party the DPJ came into power in August of 2009.. Fujita claims that 9/11 as the main reason for the "War on Terror" needs to be newly investigated in order to find peaceful solutions.
Political Leaders for 9/11 Truth Launched
March 2009 - Initiative by Yukihisa Fujita
In 2009 Yukihisa Fujita launched an initiative that calls for a new independent investigation of 9/11 by political leaders.
57 Political Leaders so far have signed the petition (June, 2010)
Brae Antcliffe Elected Alderman to the Council of The City of Sydney, Australia, early 1980s
Berit Ås, former member of Parliament, Norway
Shirley Bianchi, 1999-2007 District Two San Luis Obispo County Supervisor, California USA
Eric Booth, elected Former Islands Trustee, Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee 2002-2005, USA
Dr. Robert M. Bowman, former, Director Advanced Space Programs Development (U.S.A.F.) Ford & Carter administrations
Andreas v. Bülow, former State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Defense, West Germany; former Minister
of Research and Technology; frm. member of the German Parliament
Donald R. Bustion, former Assistant Attorney General of Texas
Giulietto Chiesa, Italian member of the European Parliament;
Gerard Chevrot, Municipal Councilor, Saint-Sixt, France
Matt Cole, Board of Trustees, Town of Alma; Alma, Colorado, USA
Wolfram Elsner, PhD, former head of the Planning Division of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Bremen, Germany
Douglas Nixon Everingham, Member, House of Representatives, Australia, 1967-75 and 1977-84,
Minister for Health 1972-75, World Health Assembly 1975, Parliamentary Adviser, UN delegation.
Jeanette Fitzsimons, Co-leader New Zealand Green Party since 1995, member House of Representatives since 1999.
Constance Fogal, Canadian Action Party Leader, 2004-2008
Egon Frid, elected Member of Swedish Parliament, 2006 . Member of Committee on Civil Affairs,
Deputy Member of the Committee on Transport and Communications.
Yukihisa Fujita, member of the House of Councilors, National Diet of Japan; Chairman,
Special Committee on North Korean Abduction Issue and Related Matters;
former member of the House of Representatives
Ole Gerstrom, Member of Parliament, Denmark, 1973-1975.
Bill Goodacre, Smithers, BC, Town Council (12 years);
elected Member of the British Columbia (Canada) Legislature, 1996-2001
Senator Mike Gravel, United States Senator (1969 - 1981)
Dan Hamburg, former Californian member of the US House of Representatives
Joel S. Hirschhorn, Senior Staff Member, Congressional Office of Technology Assessment 1978-1990
Barbara Honegger, former White House Policy Analyst and Special Assistant
to the Assistant to President Ronald Reagan (1981 - 1983)
Ferdinando Imposimato, elected Italian Senator, 1987-1992, and 1994-1996.
Elected to the Chamber of Deputies (Parliament), 1992-1994
Tadashi Inuzuka, member of the House of Councilors, National Diet of Japan
Karen S. Johnson, former member of the Senate of the State of Arizona,
frm. chair of the Family Services Committee
Scott Kennedy, former Mayor and City Council Member, Santa Cruz, California
Senator Prof. Muhammad Ibrahim Khan, member of Pakistan's Senate since 2006;
member of Standing committee on Education and Science and Technology;
member of Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights and Parliamentary Affairs;
Vice President of Jamaat e Islami (Pakistan)
Paul Lannoye, former Belgian member of the European Parliament,
vice chair of the Committee on Energy, Research, and Technology
Jon Paul McClellan, chief election judge (appointed), Eastside Precinct, Orange County, North Carolina;
former elected chair of the precinct organization.
Cynthia McKinney, former Georgian member of the US House of Representatives,
member of the Armed Services Committee and the International Relations Committee
Michael Meacher, Minister of the British Parliament; former Minister of the Environment;
former Undersecretary for Industry (Charter Member of PL911Truth)
Per Mohn, deputy representative to the Norwegian Parliament from Akershus, 1989–1993
Dr. Andrew J. Moulden, Leader of the Canadian Action Party
David Nelson, Hate Crimes Working Group (appointed advisory commission),
U.S. Department of Justice, Utah, 1997-2001
Marty B. O'Malley, elected Democratic member of Council, Forest Hills, PA USA
Bruce Randall, elected Longmeadow (Massachusetts) Water & Sewer Commissioner, 2002-2003, USA
Senator Fernando Rossi, member of the Itallian Parliament (Senator), 2006-2008 USA
Val Scott, founding member of Canada's New Democratic Party;
former Trustee and Vice Chairman of North York Board of Education, Ontario, Canada
Prof. David C. Smith, former Town Councillor, Mont Saint Aignan, Normandy, France
Simon C. Smith, elected to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council,
Great Bridge Electoral Division, United Kingdom
Joel Tyner, third term county legislator for Clinton and Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, New York State;
Environmental Committee Chair for Duchess County Legislature. USA
Gianni Vattimo, member of European Parliament, 1999 - 2004 (Italy);
Committee on Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs;
Committee on Employment and Social Affairs; Committee on Culture,
Youth, Education, the Media and Sport
Jesse Ventura, former Governor of Minnesota USA
Bruno Vézina, elected Mayor of Irlande, Quebec, Canada, 2003
Terry Wachniak, elected to City Council, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, from 1986 to 1989