Real facts about Shinzo Abe: His favorite foods

Rather than blog about more substantive issues (like the massive fraud perpetrated by the Koizumi and Abe administrations with their faked “town meetings” in which the government paid people 5000 yen apiece to ask the right questions), I’ll use this time during a break from translation to look at the latest “live talk” from PM Shinzo Abe, intended as his modern-day version of FDR’s fireside chats.

shokuiku no hi poster3.jpgAbridged and edited from a video interview (mp4) with Japan’s prime minister on the occasion of the upcoming “Food Education Day” that occurs on the 19th of every month:

Q: What is your favorite food?

Abe: Well, it hasn’t changed since I was a child. I still like Korean BBQ, ramen, ice cream, and watermelon!

Q: Do you eat breakfast every day?

Abe: Well, I was asked at the Diet this soon after I became prime minister. Sometimes I eat light, just tree kale juice, carrots, and apple juice, but since becoming prime minister, I have been making sure to eat rice, miso soup with clams, and fermented soy beans with lots of leeks.

Abe’s view, and it’s a sensible one, is that children who eat 3 meals a day are smarter and stronger, especially when they eat Japanese food “a combination of small dishes centered on rice” which is world reknowned for its balanced nutrients. Compare this with the US food industry’s belief that sugared cereal is the centerpiece of any “good” (formerly “balanced”) breakfast.

Abe goes on to mention that his father, former LDP faction leader and ex-foreign minister Shintaro Abe, could only eat with little Shinzo and his big brother Hironobu (now son-in-law of influential businessman Jiro Ushio) once a month due to his schedule. But whenever they did they always ate sukiyaki (cue touching music). Though part of the fun was getting to eat beef, it was enjoyable to eat with his father and the whole family. Eating with the family, he says, will enliven conversation and make the food that much more delicious!

7 thoughts on “Real facts about Shinzo Abe: His favorite foods”

  1. The man is an endurance eater. He endures the nastiest food on earth so he can stay healthy, like many Japanese people. Perhaps his mentor Mitsunaga at the Ekojuku clued him into the wonders of tree kale.

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