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Politics of the slips of the tongue of the ministers
The aim of this paper is to explore major political factors constituting slips of the tongue of ministers in Japan.Namely, this paper clarifies the salient political situations which make the speeches of the ministers slips of thetongue. In doing so, the history of the slips of the tongue in the Post- war Japan can be written. This is also one ofthe aims of this paper.The major political factors of speeches of the ministers are: the content of the speech, conditions of the domesticpolitics and diplomatic relations, and reaction of mass media. If the speech is to justify Japan's military activities inthe China-Japanese War (1931–1945) and in the Pacific War (1941–1945), to cast doubt upon the necessity of theArticle 9, to comment on the nuclear armament of Japan, and to discriminate against Asian people and minoritypeople in the U.S. As a result, the speech becomes a domestic and a diplomatic issue and is picked up by the press.In these cases, the speeches of the minister become slips of the tongue.