This is what happens when your country lacks political stability.

The Foreign Ministry’s “September blues” started in 2006, before Junichiro Koizumi handed over power to Shinzo Abe on Sept. 26.

Both Koizumi and then-Foreign Minister Taro Aso skipped the United Nations general debate session, which started Sept. 19.

The following year, Abe announced his resignation on Sept. 12, and was replaced by Yasuo Fukuda on Sept. 25.

Fukuda also missed the U.N. session. Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura delivered a speech Sept. 28 at the General Assembly as a proxy.

September 2008 saw yet another change of the guard. Fukuda stepped down and Aso took over Sept. 24, a day before the new prime minister’s whirlwind trip to New York to address the U.N. session.

The complications for the Foreign Ministry increased last September, after the DPJ ended the decades-long rule of the Liberal Democratic Party.

Hatoyama, who assumed office on Sept. 16, delivered his speech at U.N. Headquarters in New York on Sept. 24.

This year, the U.N. general debate session starts Sept. 23. And again, the diplomatic corps are unable to work out details on the prime minister’s speech or schedule bilateral meetings on the sidelines. (Link)

This year is no different, with a number of initiatives scheduled to begin, but uncertainty as to whether Foreign Minister Okada will be replaced in a cabinet reshuffling.

It’s funny, before I started tracking Japan I had never even heard of Prime Minister Fukuda. Maybe that’s not so funny.

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A contributor and editor at the blog War Is Boring, Kyle Mizokami started Japan Security Watch in 2010 to further understand Japan's defenses and security policy.
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