"Limited Freedom of Speech” For Japanese Bureaucrats To Cover Up The “Dire Fiscal Condition”
He came out and said what no one in the Japanese power structure is allowed to say. It was outright blasphemy against the new religion of Abenomics that rules the Japanese media and governmental thinking, and even the foreign mainstream media. Abenomics wouldn’t solve Japan’s fiscal and economic problems, he said. And the recent governmental outlook to that effect was way too rosy.
That man is Kazumasa Oguro, formerly Senior Economist at the Ministry of Finance’s Policy Research Institute...
...“The limited freedom of speech bureaucrats have when handling controversial issues,” was one of the reasons he quit, according to Japan Real Time, which interviewed him. Instead of being cooped up in the MOF, he wanted to “talk openly about the country’s dire fiscal condition.” And he questioned if it’s a good idea for the country to pressure “government bureaucrats to put a positive spin on information.”