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Thaksin Underscores His Closeness with New Thai Premier

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By Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Thaksin Shinawatra, the controversial former prime minister of Thailand, has just arrived in Japan and is already making waves.
Today he spoke at several public events, including a major press conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ), and he plans to visit the Japan’s tsunami victims as part of an apparent attempt to rebuild his international reputation.
Justice Minister Satsuki Eda said on August 15 that his ministry would approve Thaksin’s visit as a special case under the immigration control law, which normally bans entry of convicted criminals.
After the 2004 tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia, Thaksin received global sympathy and his party won a disputed election which opposition parties boycotted.
Some analysts have questioned Thaksin’s timing in light of the fact that his sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, has only very recently become prime minister and is still in the process of consolidating her authority.
In his FCCJ press conference, Thaksin was candid about the fact that he is extremely close to his younger sister, whom he views as a sort of “eldest daughter.”
He described Yingluck very clearly as a protégé, even saying that he “sent her” to graduate school in the West and “trained her” to become the president of a company he owns.
He said, “When she needs my advice she calls me. I give her advice, that’s all. I act like an encyclopedia. Whenever she wants to open the encyclopedia she can feel free to open it. And she can close it anytime. That’s it.”
Thaksin also said that he hasn’t yet decided whether or not to return to his homeland, saying that he would not return if he would only become “part of the problem,” but that he would immediately return if that could form “part of the solution.”
Thaksin’s visit to Japan has proven divisive in Thailand, where the opposition Democrat Party said that they would seek to impeach and file criminal charges against new Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul for ignoring the arrest warrant against Thaksin.
On the 17th about fifty people protested in front of the Japanese embassy in Bangkok after it became known that Thaksin would be granted the visa.
Nathalie and Kyoko
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Written by Nathalie Stucky

August 24, 2011 at 07:10

Posted in Humanitarian

Tokyo – Exiled Billionaire and Former Thai Prime Minister, Thaksin Sinawatra Plans to Rebuilt International Reputation by Visiting Japan’s Tsunami Victims this Week

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Tokyo – 23 August 2011 – This week, Thaksin Sinawatra plans to visit the Japan’s tsunami victims as part of a controversial attempt to rebuilt his international reputation. Japan’s Justice Minister Satsuki Eda said on August 15 that his Ministry would approve Thaksin’s visit as a special case under the immigration control law, which normally bans entry of convicted criminals. After the 2004 tsunami disaster, Thaksin received global sympathy and his party won a disputed election which his opposition parties boycotted.

Thaksin obviously wants to use the Japan trip to help facilitate a possible push for his amnesty later,” Tulsathit Taptim, Editor-in-Chief of The Nation newspaper in Bangkok, told the Washington Times. “His Japan trip, however, is being viewed internationally as an unwise step that would weaken his sister (new Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra) politically.

Many criticism has been made over the fact that the newly elected Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Sinawatra, Thaksin’s youngest sister who is eighteen years younger than himself, is too closely related to him. Thaksin confessed at a press conference in Tokyo that he is “really close” to his sister, who he sees like his “elder daughter”, because he partly raised her after his parents passed away when Mrs Yingluck Sinawatra was eight. Thaksin said that after Mrs Yingluck took her Masters Degree in an university in the US, she joined his mobile phone company in Thailand. He said he “trained her” to become the president of his owned company. His sister and himself are in constant contact as family members. “I act like an encyclopedia, whenever she wants to open the book, she can feel free to open and close it”. Thaksin also told the journalists in Tokyo that he would go back to Thailand if he is not be part of the problems. And that he is willing to “urgently go back” if he could be part of the ruleship. Nathalie and Kyoko (unedited version)

Written by Nathalie Stucky

August 23, 2011 at 17:53

Posted in Humanitarian

Wikileaks News: Masaki Kondo, Jiji Press 2010, Geneva

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時事通信Jijipress exclusiv
日本・中国関連情報も公表へ=スイス移住検討−ウィキリークス創設者
【ジュネーブ時事】民間の内部告発サイト「ウィキリークス」の創設者ジュリアン・アサンジ氏は5日、時事通信に対し、近く公表する多数の機密文書について、日本や中国に関するものも含まれることを明らかにした。具体的な内容については言及しなかったが、早ければ年内にもウェブ上などで公開する方針という。
同サイトは、アフガニスタンやイラク駐留米軍に関する米政府の機密文書をインターネット上で公開。近く米国やロシア、レバノンに関係した数千の文書を新たに開示する見通しだ。
一方、オーストラリア出身の同氏は、ウィキリークスを運営する上で安全な場所が必要だと強調。「スイスは歴史的に独立した国だ」と述べ、スイスに移住することを検討していると明言した。
同氏は国連人権理事会で5日行われた米国を対象とする定期審査に合わせ、ジュネーブを訪れた。(了)

Written by Nathalie Stucky

August 5, 2011 at 01:39

Posted in Humanitarian