August 31, 2009

Japan Ends One Party Rule - DPJ to Focus on China Ties

The landslide victory of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) over the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) cannot be overlooked. One party rule has ended in Japan. The LDP has run Japan since 1955 not long after the USA ended its occupation. The DPJ has a long history of relations with China. The man most likely to be the new Japanese Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama, said on the campaign trail he would not honor Japan's World War II dead (considered war criminals by many Asian nations) at the Yasukuni Shrine, long a point of contention with Beijing. And Hatoyama has said he wants to emphasize Sino-Japan ties and views the future as a multi-polar world. Are the days of the reliable Japanese satellite waning for the USA....?

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