Here are some links I found today:
- From the Telegraph:
- Japanese election: Hatoyama’s agenda includes tax breaks and distance from the US Yukio Hatoyama wooed the Japanese electorate with an agenda for change, but the 62 year-old nicknamed the Alien is an unlikely revolutionary.
- Japan votes for a new start as ruling LDP loses power after 50 years Japan’s conservative ruling party was crushed by a radical rival on Sunday in a general election that brought an end to one of the democratic world’s longest spells of political dominance.
- Landslide election result breaks LDP hold on Japan after 5 decades Japan’s Democratic Party has won a resounding general election victory, surpassing the 241 seats required for a majority.
- Japanese opposition sweeps to power The opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) was headed for a landslide victory in the general elecion with exit polls suggesting that the win might be even larger had been projected.
- Family history set to repeat itself as Japan heads to vote for change at polls It is a political tale of two rivals that would not look out place in any best-selling airport thriller: one was Japan’s first post-war prime minister and the other ousted him from power following a decade-long struggle.
- From the Independent:
- An era ends as LDP swept from power Ruling party projected to lose two-thirds of its seats.
- Leading article: a victory with the potential to transform Japan But modernising Tokyo’s entrenched political system will not be easy
- ‘The Cold War has ended, but we’re still in that mode’ Yukio Hatoyama has ambitious plans for Japan’s future, he tells David McNeill
- From the Financial Times (Asia):
- New era for Japan as DPT triumphs Stocks fail to hang on to early gains
- ‘Historic rout’ for Japanese government
- New era for Japan as DPJ triumphs
- Japan elections – live blog
- Global insight: A very Japanese revolt Yet the shifting of political tectonic plates – “small earthquake, no tsunami”, as one astute observer put it – is not quite as tumultuous as meets the eye. The result did not come out of the blue
- Shift in dealings with US on cards
- From the BBC:
- And from a free-market business in the US
- An Ill Wind Blows from Japan Before the election The Democratic Party of Japan had talked assiduously about the avoidance of US Debt Hegemony (read: Japan may stop buying or even sell US Treasuries) and in addition they made noises unthinkable just a few years ago – their stance towards China, long thought of as an arch-enemy of Japan, is quite friendly and cooperative.
For more details, visit the English blog Observing Japan.
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- Hereditary rule (news.bbc.co.uk)
- Will an Opposition Victory Rescue Japan’s Economy? (time.com)
- Japanese opposition sweeps to power (telegraph.co.uk)
- Japan votes for a new start as ruling LDP loses power after 50 years (telegraph.co.uk)
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