September 1, 2009

Japan elects for change for the first time in 50 years

POLITICS - After 50 years of Liberal Democratic Party rule in Japan (Liberal is a misnomer, because the party itself would best be described as conservative) the party has been toppled with the election of the Democratic Party of Japan and new leader Yukio Hatoyama.

The news is bad for the United States however as the new party wants Japan to assert more independence from the USA. This means less American troops on Japanese soil, a lessening of Japan's refueling of U.S. and allied warships in the Indian Ocean.

But it is good news for environmentalists and small business owners. Yukio Hatoyama wants to put a stronger emphasis on environmental programs and protecting small businesses.

Prior to the election Japan saw its unemployment rate rise to its highest level since WWII and a storm of corruption scandals in the LDP. The election of the new party, which is actually "liberal" as opposed to just having the word liberal in the name, hopes to end corruption.

Unfortunately the DPJ also includes several members who want to abolish Japan's pacifist constitution and go to war against North Korea. Hopefully common sense and peace will prevail.

North Korea has developed missiles capable of reaching Japan, has been conducting nuclear tests and seems to be readying for a war.

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