Seiji Maehara, a member of the House of Representatives, stated that diplomacy is not about maintaining the status quo or focusing on reality, but rather, in the words of Masataka Kosaka, “putting ideal wings on real politics.(2024,23/05)

I was a student of Masataka Kosaka when I was in college, so I have a realism-based way of thinking, and I was involved in diplomacy from that perspective when I was Minister of Foreign Affairs. However, I am sure you know that diplomacy cannot be improved by simply maintaining the status quo or focusing on reality. To borrow a phrase from Mr. Kosaka, “Diplomacy is about attaching the wings of ideals to the politics of reality.” I would like to work together with all of you to achieve this firmly.(2024,23/05)