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Sunday's General Election in Japan

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JAPANESE TREND / Political Trend (3) / Political Trend (5)

Taking up herewith Japanese Political Trend News.
The result of Election is "DPJ: 308 / LDP: 119 "
However, the point is "How  and what DPJ will do for Japan, for Japanese People and for the People in the World".
I hope and expect, may be for all the people in Japan the situation is the same, DPJ will do their works which they have to do.  
Aug 31 Obama looks forward to working with new Japan PM: White House (AP)
 U.S. President Barack Obama looks forward to working closely with the new prime minister of Japan to be installed following the Democratic Party of Japan's landslide victory in Sunday's general election, the White House said. "The people of Japan have participated in an historic election in one of the world's leading democracies. As a close friend and ally, the United States awaits the formation of a new Japanese government," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement.
Aug 31 Many LDP heavyweights swept away in DPJ's landslide victory (AP)
 With Sunday's House of Representatives election taking an enormous toll on the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party, many of its heavyweights fell at the hands of challengers from the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan. Although most of them managed to salvage a seat under the proportional representation system, that gives candidates a second chance to be elected, former Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa, former LDP vice president Taku Yamasaki and former defense minister Fumio Kyuma ended up being thrown out of parliament.
Aug 31 Japan Democrats take power, tough challenges loom (Reuters)
 Japan's next leader Yukio Hatoyama, fresh from a historic election win, faced the task on Monday of forming a government to tackle challenges such as reviving the economy and steering a new course with close ally Washington. Sunday's victory by the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) ends a half-century of almost unbroken rule by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and breaks a deadlock in parliament, ushering in a government that has promised to focus spending on consumers, cut wasteful budget outlays and reduce the power of bureaucrats.
Aug 31 Koizumi's son wins seat but some other hereditary candidates lose (AP)
 Despite growing criticism in Japan of the system in which politicians can easily inherit their relatives' parliamentary seats, a political career appears to have been launched in Sunday's election for Shinjiro Koizumi, son of retiring former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, as a "hereditary" lawmaker.
Aug 30 'Koizumi's Children' swept away by DPJ winds (AP)
 With strong winds blowing for the opposition party in the lower house election, ruling party candidates who were drafted by former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and swept into victory by upholding his reforms four years ago are projected to have lost single-seat constituencies across the country on Sunday. The 83 Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers elected in 2005 known as "Koizumi's Children" are certain to be defeated by candidates fielded by the major opposition Democratic Party of Japan and others.
Aug 30 DPJ to prepare for launch of new gov't as early as Sunday midnight (AP)
 The Democratic Party of Japan is set to start full-fledged preparations to launch a new administration as early as Sunday midnight, according to party members, as the main opposition party heads toward expected victory in the day's general election. On Monday, the DPJ also plans to hold talks with members of its two opposition allies -- the Social Democratic Party and the People's New Party -- over forming a coalition government, the members said.
Aug 29 DPJ support twice that of LDP in PR section of poll (Yomiuri)
 Solid support for the Democratic Party of Japan remained unchanged in the latest Yomiuri Shimbun survey, with 42 percent of respondents saying they would vote for the DPJ in the proportional representation section of the House of Representatives election Sunday, twice the 21 percent planning to back the Liberal Democratic Party.
Aug 29 Polling booths hard to access for some (Yomiuri)
 Some physically challenged and elderly people who will head to polling stations for Sunday's House of Representatives election will find it a struggle against barriers to actually vote. Shigeko Sawada, 90, of Toshima Ward, Tokyo, said, "My vote is important, so I want to cast it." But to do so, she will have to find someone who can push her wheelchair from her home to the polling station and help her negotiate bumps and uneven floors. Sawada's journey to the polling station will take about 15 minutes by wheelchair. When she arrives, she will find the change in floor levels at the entrance of the polling station is too much for her wheelchair to handle.
Aug 29 Potential change of power intrigues foreign correspondents (Japan Times)
 Foreign journalists in Japan are closely following Sunday's general election and are ready to cover the expected end of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's long grip on power. Foreign correspondents are preparing for a possible change of government by introducing to their countries the little-known Yukio Hatoyama, Democratic Party of Japan president, as most polls indicate he will probably become the next prime minister.
Aug 29 Chinese pundits expect solution to Yasukuni if opposition prevails (Japan Times)
 An expected landslide victory by the Democratic Party of Japan, whose leader has pledged not to visit the contentious Yasukuni Shrine, may lead to warmer relations with Beijing, state media Friday quoted Chinese experts as saying. A win by the main opposition party will lead to an emphasis on developing more positive Sino-Japanese ties and prevent the issue of visits to the shrine from "time and again" disrupting bilateral relations, Chinese academics told the state-run China Daily newspaper.
Aug 28 Japan pop band SMAP urges voters to back incumbents in election (Bloomberg)
 SMAP, the Japanese pop group that has dominated the nation's music scene for more than two decades, urged voters to support incumbent politicians as the ruling party faces likely defeat in a national election this weekend. The five-member all-male group, which has had a top-10 selling compact disc for 17 straight years with songs such as "Celery" and "Fly," appeared in a four-page newspaper ad this week titled "How to Build a Happy Nation."
Aug 28 Japan politicians seek enlightenment from higher forces than voters (guardian.co.uk)
 The few Liberal Democratic party [LDP] MPs who haven't already conceded defeat in this Sunday's election are looking to Zen Buddhism for last-minute divine intervention . With the campaign now in its final few days, incumbents and their supporters are beseeching Bodhidharma the Indian priest who founded Zen Buddhism in China, in their hour of need.
Aug 27 Poll: Japan's opposition set for landslide victory (AP)
 Japan's main opposition party is set to secure a landslide victory against Prime Minister Taro Aso's ruling party by winning a two-thirds majority in the lower house of parliament in elections this weekend, a poll projected Thursday. The Democratic Party of Japan will likely win 320 of the 480 seats in the powerful lower house being contested in Sunday's elections, according to the Asahi.
By J.S. on Aug 31, 2009



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