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Japan on the brink of a new era

Posted by seumasach on August 30, 2009

“With the motto of yuai, Hatoyama says he hopes to leave behind parochial nationalism and jingoism and instead further develop the East Asian Community to the extent that it resembles an Asian version of the European Union. He also advocates a common Asian currency as a natural extension of the rapid economic growth in the region.”

Kosuke Takahashi

Asia Times

29th August, 2009

TOKYO – History sometimes throws up wonderful ironies: in Japan, a rising grandson is about to destroy his grandfather’s legacy.

With opinion polls suggesting a massive victory for his opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) in Sunday’s general election, Yukio Hatoyama is poised to become the next prime minister, replacing Taro Aso. This would mark a fundamental change of power in the country, ending the Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP’s) near-perpetual one-party dominance since Hatoyama’s grandfather Ichiro created the LDP in 1955.

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