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Taking up herewith Japanese Political Trend News including situation of election by Media.
Recent Political Trend in Japan will be read via these News.
Aug 01 Size of government (Asahi)
 Both the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the main opposition Minshuto (Democratic Party of Japan) are offering a variety of policy proposals to garner votes in the Aug. 30 Lower House election. But one important component is missing from their campaign platforms: a big picture of the future of the nation's public finances defining the fiscal framework of the government.
Aug 01 Minimum wage hike grabbing debate time (Yomiuri)
 A major issue in the upcoming House of Representatives election is to what extent the average minimum wage should be raised, as the issue of the 'working poor' has become a public concern.
Aug 01 Opposition joint pledge to keep sales tax as is (Yomiuri)
 DPJ, SDP and People's New Party all say they will not raise the consumption tax rate if the parties win the upcoming House of Representatives election, according to a draft of their common policy pledges for the election.
Aug 01 Embattled Japan PM pledges to fix economy (AFP)
 Japan's embattled Prime Minister Taro Aso on Friday pledged to fix the recession-hit economy and create millions of jobs, seeking to claw back fading support as he heads to the ballot box. Aso's party, which has ruled Japan almost continuously for more than half a century, is lagging badly in opinion polls against the untested centre-left Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) ahead of the August 30 vote.
Aug 01 Does Japan put itself in China's place? (Xinhua)
 A riot occurred in Urumqi, the capital of China's northwestern Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region on July 5. And three and a half weeks later, on July 29, Rebiya Kadeer, a chief instigator unceasingly fanning unrest among her followers, spoke a lot of nonsense in Japan to viciously slander and smear the Chinese government.
Jul 31 Both LDP, DPJ still need to provide convincing explanations (AP)
 While the campaign platforms of the two major parties for the Aug. 30 general election are on the table, with the Liberal Democratic Party unveiling its own Friday, pundits say the two still need to provide convincing explanations for their policies to the public. On economic growth and financial rehabilitation, the LDP says, for example, it aims to boost the nation's per capita income to the highest level in the world "in 10 years' time," or it aims to return the primary fiscal balance of the central and local governments to the black "within the next 10 years."
Jul 31 U.S. House passes defense bill after killing F-22 (AP)
 The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a $636.3 billion defense spending bill that scuttled the disputed F-22 fighter jet program but retained funding for other projects the White House opposes. The passage followed the White House's renewed threat for President Barack Obama to veto a bill for fiscal 2010, starting Oct. 1, if it includes money to continue producing the F-22.
Jul 30 Japan opposition wants to end pro-US mission (AP)
 The head of Japan's opposition said Wednesday that a refueling mission in support of U.S.-led operations in the Indian Ocean will end in January if his party takes power in next month's elections. Yukio Hatoyama said his Democratic Party's position has always been against extending the law that allows for the mission, which partially supports U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
Jul 30 Aso reluctantly to take to the streets for election campaign (Mainichi)
 Prime Minister Taro Aso is finally set to start street campaigning this weekend for the upcoming House of Representatives election, it's been learned.
Jul 30 LDP seeks to reduce size of Diet (Japan Times)
 The Liberal Democratic Party will pledge a greater than 10 percent reduction in the number of seats in the Lower House in its policy platform for the Aug. 30 general election, party sources said Wednesday.
Jul 30 Japan PM frontrunner would end Afghan support mission (AFP)
 Japan's opposition leader Yukio Hatoyama, seen as the country's likely next premier, said Wednesday he would end a naval support mission backing US-led forces in Afghanistan early next year.
Jul 30 LDP manifesto takes aggressive stance (Yomiuri)
 The LDP's yet-to-be-unveiled manifesto for the upcoming House of Representatives election, is characterized by concern that the rising popularity of the DPJ on the back of recent local election victories could enable the leading opposition party to oust the current ruling coalition.
Jul 29 U.S. forces commander warns against Japan going nuclear (AP)
 The top commander of U.S. forces in Japan said Tuesday that Tokyo should not consider going nuclear in the face of North Korean nuclear threats, stating there is "no reason" for Japan to do so as it is protected by the U.S. nuclear umbrella. "The concept of extended deterrence that has been in place for many years between the United States and Japan remains important very strongly today," Lt. Gen. Edward Rice said at the Japan National Press Club.
Jul 29 Uyghur activist arrives in Japan, China censors NHK report (AP)
 Uyghur rights activist Rebiya Kadeer, whom China accuses of being behind the rioting in the western Xinjiang region earlier this month, arrived in Japan on Tuesday, prompting China to disrupt an overseas broadcast by Japanese national broadcaster NHK about the visit.
Jul 29 Parties take battle to the Net with video clip, game (Japan Times)
 The Liberal Democratic Party, with its animated video clips on the Internet, isn't the only party to take its campaign into cyberspace. The Democratic Party of Japan, the largest opposition force, has responded in kind with a free action game. The LDP cartoon, which scornfully criticizes the DPJ's apparent inability to explain how it would finance its proposed budget reforms, has drawn thousands of hits from Web surfers.
Jul 28 Japan's politics often a family business (AFP)
 In Japan's election next month, the two candidates for the prime minister's post are carrying on a family battle that started in the 1950s when their grandfathers were premiers. The clash of the political bluebloods -- incumbent Taro Aso and his rival Yukio Hatoyama -- casts a spotlight on Japan's rich and powerful clans that have dominated, and some say stifled, post-war politics.
Jul 28 Rakuten launches website to mediate political donations (AP)
 Japan's largest online shopping mall operator Rakuten Inc. on Monday launched a website designed to solicit political donations from individuals, becoming the first company to accept credit card-based donations on the Internet. The website, called "Love Japan," allows visitors to make donations starting from 1,000 yen to 73 politicians who have signed up for the donation service as of Monday.
Jul 28 DPJ policy platform leaves questions over funding sources (AP)
 The policy platform unveiled Monday by the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, which promises to scrap expressway tolls and to implement other large spending projects, has raised questions over exactly how such projects would be financed. The proposed establishment of a politician-led governing structure and measures aimed at boosting the role of the Prime Minister's Office in policymaking are also sparking concern over whether politicians would really be able to overcome the expected resistance from bureaucrats.
Jul 27 More realism from the DPJ (East Asia Forum)
 The emerging realism in the DPJ observed last week has grown in recent days, especially on foreign policy. The party's manifesto for next month's election, due to be released to the public any day now, considerably softens the language on a number of foreign policy issues on which the DPJ had previously taken controversial positions. What would a DPJ government mean for the US-Japan alliance?
Jul 27 Will North Korea propel Japan to revisit its Nuclear option? (globalpolitician.com)
 Security analysts of Japan has often argued that commensurate with its economic superpower status Japan will try to become a military superpower, amend its Constitution and will ultimately become a nuclear weapon state. The statements by the political elites also suggests towards that ambition. The recent nuclear and missile tests by North Korea have also triggered the nuclear debate in Japan. But judging Japan's future nuclear strategy mere on statements and the events would be deceptive and foolhardy. The issue should be judged whether Japan has the delivery capability, "Second Strike" capacity and most importantly whether nuclear weapon has strategic significance for the country.
Jul 27 China slams Uighur leader Kadeer's Japan visit (Washington Post)
 China's ambassador to Japan on Monday slammed a planned Tokyo visit by Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer, in an apparent escalation of Beijing's campaign against the exile it accuses of instigating deadly ethnic riots. China says Kadeer, a once successful businesswoman in China but now leader of exile group the World Uyghur Congress, planned an outbreak of violence in northwestern Xinjiang region earlier this month in which nearly 200 people died. She denies the claim.
Jul 27 Aso draws criticism for gaffe on elderly (Asahi)
 Prime Minister Taro Aso earned the wrath of the main opposition party over the weekend for saying people aged 65 and older have no way of showing talent other than being put to work. "People aged 65 and older are well and capable of working," Aso said in a speech Saturday in Yokohama. "Please bear in mind that these people are not talented in anything but work."
Jul 27 Japan PM cancels visit to disaster-hit region (AFP)
 Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso Sunday cancelled his visit to the disaster-hit western Yamaguchi prefecture, where 14 people died in landslides, as torrential rain continued to pound the area. "Heavy rain is still falling in Yamaguchi and is forecast to continue. It is feared more disasters could occur," Aso told reporters before he was to take off at Tokyo's Haneda airport.
Jul 26 DPJ to give farmers say on rice cuts (Yomiuri)
 The Democratic Party of Japan plans to launch a program that would allow rice farmers to decide on their own whether to participate in state output cuts, according to sources.
Jul 26 DPJ must clarify how it will fund its pledges (Yomiuri)
 This is the second installment in a series of articles examining the challenges facing each political party in what may prove to be a historic general election.
By J.S. on Aug 5, 2009



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