Many people feel anxious about the future,
The reform of Japan starts today. There is no tomorrow for the Koizumi LDP government, which spends all its time in internal power struggles.
Our policies weren't wrong, but I have to reflect on the fact they did not get across.
I firmly believe our stance to focus on our policies was not wrong. Our message did not reach people. I regret that.
We did not expect this. I don't think our policies were wrong, but we must reconsider our tactics.
Koizumi always says the same thing. Nearly 90 percent of his speech is about postal privatization issues. This election will decide the next three to four years of Japan's future, and important issues should be thoroughly discussed.
Over four years and five months, there has been no net decrease,' ... He has been skillfully outmaneuvered by bureaucrats.
This country will not change without a change of government, ... I don't believe that the people are nave enough to accept the prime minister's assertion that foreign affairs and other issues will be resolved if the postal services are privatized.
We've been steadily making efforts for this day. Now we have finally came to this opportunity to change the government.
We'd like to celebrate the news with the people.
The depth of the middle class is waning as the polarization of society is in progress,
The people had hopes that Koizumi would change the LDP, but he was not able to do that. Rather, domestic reform has not progressed, and foreign policy is beset on all sides.
In his four years and four months in power, Koizumi was unable to carry out reform. In order to carry out true reform, there has to be a change in government. We are not fettered to past practices. Please let us handle the government.
For the first time in the postwar period we will openly go head-to-head in elections and we aim ... to take power. The moment is coming when Japan's democracy will be tested.
I resign from the head of the party. I would like the party to select a new leader without any delay. Our message did not reach people. I regret that.
The biggest reason for our defeat is that we lost a lot of seats in urban areas where we were supposed have major support,
If you make your voting decision based only on the postal privatization, it would mean (Koizumi) would exploit it and would say the public entrusted him with all other decisions as well.
I did what I had to do, but it was frustrating that we were never really arguing on the same plane. I wanted to debate policy.
This country will not change without a change of government, ... I don't believe that the people are naave enough to accept the prime minister's assertion that foreign affairs and other issues will be resolved if the postal services are privatized.
This country will not change without a change of government,
The fact that you, as secretary general of a political party, made remarks contrary to the fact in a forum such as a news conference can mislead the public and is very regrettable. I strongly protest and demand that (you) retract the remark and apologize.
The overall situation has now become clear ... the DPJ has suffered a great setback.
We want to stress the importance of pension and child-care issues ... The Koizumi government cannot achieve these reforms. We need a change in government,
Despite running our campaign with our priority on manifestoes and policies, we failed to secure support from the voters,