On a site which looks like it cost a small fortune to design and built (probably by one of the major PR firms in Japan), Goshi Hosono as the Minister of the Environment (he is still the minister in charge of the nuclear accident) posted a letter to the citizens of Japan, apologizing for his past sins and promising a better future.
The site came online yesterday (August 10) in Japan.
Net citizens are laughing, or fuming with anger (either for the silly content or for Hosono wasting their money).
Poor Mr. Hosono. Can't win no matter what, because he won't do the only thing he can win - to stop the wide-area disaster debris disposal.
The site looks like this. The letter is written in a traditional Japanese format - from right to left, top to bottom. (Click to enlarge.):
Here's what Mr. Hosono says (my best effort to retain the poetic prose of the original):
Letter to everyone [he says in an honorific form of Japanese, "みなさま"] - No.1
To Every Citizen of Japan.
Hello. This is Goshi Hosono, Minister of the Environment.
I believe that the Ministry of the Environment's
way of communicating with you and
providing information to you hasn't been optimal, and I am sorry.
Great East Japan Earthquake generated disaster debris, and
there are issues of decontamination, particularly in Fukushima Prefecture;
but we have to take back our environment where our children and grandchildren can live in safety,
and that's our mission at the Ministry of the Environment.
However, to make you feel safe,
information has to be transmitted and explained to you in an easy-to-understand manner,
and we have failed, that's the way I feel.
That has led to your distrust in the government, causing everyone who wants recovery
to doubt the government unnecessarily,
I reflect on it deeply.
I am very sorry.
We will change our way.
Problems occurring right now,
what we're thinking, and what we're actually doing,
by showing data,
we will explain to you so that you understand.
(further to the left, not in the image above)
As part of our effort, my personal thinking, and
what I would like to share with you,
in a few installments
I will tell you about them in a letter like this.
Thank you, and I look forward to communicating with you.
August 10th, 2012 (Heisei Year 24)
Minister of the Environment
One thing Mr. Hosono, as a politician, doesn't know how and doesn't do well: to shut up, to keep quiet.
The bottom half of the web page has a form with which you can send your opinions and ideas. I added the labels for your reference. For the "location" field, the bottom of the drop down menu is "overseas" for those of you outside Japan. (Click to enlarge.)
Apparently many net citizens of Japan have been expressing their opinions using this page, and the server was down for a while. But now it's back online.