This is the kind of thing we wonks were waiting for when Mr. Abe brought Kunio into the cabinet in August. Sooner or later there would be something that would require Yukio going after his brother. (I just received Mayumi Itoh’s account of the Hatoyama clan in the post today, luckily, and am now ever more eager to read it.)
In any case, Yukio responded by saying precisely what I said yesterday, arguing, “He probably wanted to say that Al Qaeda is near, but if that’s the case, it is essential that he contact his friend to make inquiries about the situation and where this man is.” Yukio was actually fairly tame in his criticism, using the word “thoughtless” as opposed to a number of other, stronger words that might be more appropriate in this situation.
I remained convinced that for once it would be entirely reasonable for the DPJ to push for Hatoyama Kunio’s resignation.