September 1, 2009 |
TOKYO, Aug. 31 -- Stiff, shy and very rich, Yukio Hatoyama cuts a curious figure for an opposition leader whose party laid waste Sunday to the most formidable political machine in the history of modern Japan . Hatoyama, 62, who soon will become prime minister, has perhaps the bluest political blood in the land. But he is hardly a natural politician. He has said that when he was studying for a doctorate in engineering at Stanford University, he spent many hours wondering what it was that made him avoid human relationships and...
December 20, 2012 |
Proponents of the Obama administration's " pivot ," or rebalance of attention and resources, toward Asia should be heartened by the results of Japan's parliamentary election. The Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) landslide victory in the lower house Sunday augurs well for a reinvigorated relationship between the United States and Japan. The reasons are threefold. First, the LDP is experienced in U.S.-Japan alliance management, much more so than the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ)
September 1, 2009
THERE CAN BE no democracy without political competition: For that reason alone, the landslide victory by the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) in Sunday's national election is cause for celebration. The DPJ defeated the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which had ruled Japan with only 11 months of interruption since 1955. Japan under the LDP was hardly a dictatorship, but its political machine and its unelected allies in the bureaucracy had run out of ideas and energy. Japan's once-dynamic economy has been in stagnation pretty much...
September 26, 2012 |
TOKYO — Poised to soon reclaim power, Japan's main opposition party on Wednesday elected as its leader a failed former prime minister whose strong nationalist bent appears likely to strain already-damaged relations with neighboring China and South Korea. With his selection as the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president, Shinzo Abe , 58, is now the odds-on favorite to become Japan's next prime minister as the country grapples with a flagging economy and several intense territorial disputes.
November 14, 2012 |
TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda suggested Wednesday that he will dissolve the lower house of parliament Friday, triggering an election that is likely to oust Noda and his unpopular party from power. The government said the election will be held Dec. 16. In a testy debate with opposition leader Shinzo Abe , Noda said he would go ahead with the move in exchange for cooperation on a bill to shrink the size of parliament. Officials from Abe's Liberal...
August 31, 2009 |
TOKYO, Aug. 31 -- Breaking a half-century hammerlock of one-party rule in Japan , the opposition Democratic Party won a crushing election victory Sunday with pledges to revive the country's stalled economy and to steer a foreign-policy course less dependent on the United States. But it was pent-up voter anger, not campaign promises, that halted 54 years of near-continuous dominance by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). The party had become a profoundly unpopular, but deeply entrenched, governing force that so feared it...