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The tail of Abenomics

Unfortunately, how different you are in assessing Abe Shinzo’s legacy from the Japanese (“How Abe Shinzo changed Japan, September 5). You laud Abe as a great neoliberal reformer during his tenure as prime minister, who opened up the Japanese market, increased productivity and concluded free trade agreements. As a result, however, Japan has more volatile part-time jobs, with many women being forced to work.

True, some people and companies praise it because they have benefited from increased productivity and the stock market. But most Japanese people see things differently, because their standard of living has neither changed nor deteriorated. Don’t you see the same land that invites Brexit?

Worse, you praise Mr. Abe for making Japan “more manageable.” Indeed. He transferred political power to the prime minister’s office, making decision-making faster. As a result, currently a handful of officials decide policies without discussion between bureaucrats, let alone voters.

Such inequality in society and the policy-making process is exactly what Japan experienced before the start of the Pacific war. We need to remember.

Assistant professor of international affairs
Columbia University
New York

Capriles gave up

Bello’s column on Venezuela’s divided opposition is grossly unbalanced (12 September). Henrique Capriles is depicted as a moderate, but Juan Guaido is presented as a radical, implicitly linked to the radical push for military intervention by the United States to end the Venezuelan crisis.

Bello is right that the continuation of the exiting assembly, and therefore the provisional government, has no constitutional basis. But so are dictatorships. Mr Capriles’ strategy to participate in legislative elections, which violates most opposition (moderate and radical), not only contradicts the idea that you cannot hold free elections when a despot controls the electoral authority and the courts, it also threatens to erode international support for governance. while Guaido. After many stolen elections (including Capriles’ candidacy in 2013) and the sterilization of the opposition-controlled legislature, Capriles has yet to make clear how he intends to fight electoral fraud or make the opposition effective. The only viable option is to continue to increase internal and international pressure, in the form of sanctions, to force a democratic transition.

Pompano Beach, Florida

No need for ID card

Your article on covid-19 spurring government digitization affirms that one digital identity for each person must support public services, such as trace and trace (“Paper travails, September 5). This is not necessary. The British government, for example, has digitized dozens of its services without introducing national identity cards.

The government department that provides competent online responses to the pandemic (universal credit, taxes, health system sick records services) invests in a strong internal team supported by contractors. Over the past six months 3,184 public services have used the government’s Notify platform to send nearly 1 billion letters, texts and emails accurately to 80% of the population. This is in contrast to buying magical thinking from consultants and outsourcing state responsibilities, as is done for tracing and tracing.

It is true that different government records were “isolated” in different departments. Data isolated due to departmental sovereignty: 1,882 central government websites existed in the UK before being consolidated on GOV.UK site.

The challenge is not one of them Indo cards. It is one of the governments. A centralized national identity scheme can be a dangerous weakness for fraud and hacking, as recently demonstrated in South Korea and Estonia. More urgent are reforms of Victorian government structures and outdated working practices. Calls for identity schemes often arise to avoid the hard work of reorganizing governance for this digital age.

Public Digital

American voting law

A house is divided“(Sept. 5) implies that the law prohibiting foreigners from voting in America is based on the constitution. The document authorizes states to regulate the” way “of elections in Congress and allows states to appoint members to Electoral College in what manner whatever they choose. Besides, there is no general election process.

This is not just an academic exercise. Some states in one way or another grant suffrage to foreigners. The Illegal Immigration and Immigrant Responsibility Reform Act of 1996 does prohibit non-citizens from voting, but that is an act of Congress, not a constitutional feature.

Peachtree City, Georgia

Your list of potential problems on the eve of the American election invalidates the statement made by Hillary Clinton on August 25: “Joe Biden must not give up under any circumstances because I think it will drag on, and in the end, I believe he will win if we don’t. give the slightest and if we are focused and relentless like the other party. “

Weilerbach, Germany

In 2016, riots broke out in Oakland following the election of Donald Trump. I don’t recall such unlawful behavior from the Republican Party after losing the national vote.

Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Let’s be clear: Joe Biden is a conservative candidate in this election. He values ​​established institutions and alliances. He acknowledged the need for change, but called for an approach that was considered moderate and considered rather than radical upheaval. He has a strong sense of morality and personal ethics, and holds a tradition of dignity and respect in political discourse. He values ​​the rule of law. The incumbent, and the Republican Party in general, did not appreciate any of these things.

Annandale, Virginia

Hunted at the office

The dogmatic debate in Islam about canines (“Seizure, August 29) even extends to Imran Khan’s love for dogs, especially the “handsome” ones. Mr Khan has owned at least five dogs, giving them an entry on Wikipedia. The prime minister of Pakistan has been criticized for his love of puppies, such as when a prominent member of the Muslim League objected to a dog, Sheru, being allowed into the house, as this goes against cultural and religious values. The problem arose when a newspaper accused Motu, Khan’s other pet, of causing a fight with his wife by interfering with his religious activities. Fortunately, Motu was cleared of all blame, and was seen months later at the meeting between Khan and the Iranian ambassador, indoors, of course.

Parkton, Maryland

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