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「安倍総理よ、竹中平蔵を解任し、新自由主義と決別せよ!」(『月刊日本』2016年5月号)

 『月刊日本』2016年5月号(4月22日発売)で、「安倍総理よ、竹中平蔵を解任し、新自由主義と決別せよ!」と題して、竹中平蔵批判の特集を組んだ。以下の4つのインタビュー記事で構成。
 菊池英博「竹中平蔵に日本を破壊させるな!」
 森功「パソナのための安倍政権の規制緩和」
 藤澤昌一「竹中はアメリカの代理人なのか?」
 横山孝平「私は竹中糾弾を続ける!」

佐々木実「竹中平蔵氏の正体」英訳

 以下は、『月刊日本』2013年7月号に掲載された佐々木実氏のインタビュー記事「竹中平蔵氏の正体」の全文英訳です。

A True Picture of Heizo Takenaka

 Minoru Sasaki, journalist

Heizo Takenaka as Seeker of Regulatory Reform in the Field of Labor

NIPPON: In your book Shijo to kenryoku [Markets and Power] (Kodansha), you focus on depicting the real Heizo Takenaka. The book is full of suggestions for people who wonder just how it was that neoliberalism came to be introduced to Japan.

SASAKI: Takenaka said at the first meeting of the Industrial Competitiveness Council (ICC) on January 23, 2013, that “there is no magic wand for growth strategy; regulatory reform that gives corporations freedom and makes them more muscular is the first element of growth strategy.” The following day, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proclaimed the necessity of regulatory reform using a manner of speaking that followed Takenaka’s statement almost to the letter. It was a scene that was symbolic of the closeness between Prime Minister Abe and Takenaka.

Takenaka had played a major role during the years of the Koizumi administrations. He was subsequently the subject of various criticisms, and during the years of the Democratic Party of Japan administration it seemed for a moment that he might have become a has-been. However, he survived, was picked up by Prime Minister Abe, and is now the leading neoliberal ideologist.

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