Manon's Econ Blog

Japan’s change in government

Posted on: September 16, 2009

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For the first time since 1955, the Liberal Democratic Party in Japan (LDP) was defeated. The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) took during these elections 308 seats out of the 480, allowing only 119 seats to the LDP. This change is very surprising in the sense that the previous government was almost unbroken in 64 years (BBC news).
In taking control over the LDP, the DPJ aims to help “Japan becom[ing] a more ‘normal’ country.” (The economist) Japan should be “more in control of its destiny.” (The Economist) Mr Ozawa, a head of the DPJ, kept saying for mostly 20 years that the foreign Japanese policy has been made by the United States only to prevent themselves from another war. They used their victory of World War II to take control over some of the policies in Japan, especially about defense. The DPJ aims, as a result of consequence, to make Japan “pursue its own path” (The Economist) and take some distances with the United States. Japan, even after following the American policies and culture, stays an Asian country, and its focus is aiming toward this Asian mentality.
One other goal of the Democratic Party is to better the economy. (New York Times) The economy has declined during the past generation, and with the economic crisis happening these years, Japan experiences many loses. The LDP had not been able to reestablish the economy, so the DPJ is the new hope for the people. Mr Hatoyama, the new Prime Minister and leader of the DPJ, expressed his feelings toward this change in government and said that “this has been a revolutionary election. […] The people have shown the courage to take politics into their own hands.” (New York Times)

Overall, I think that the change in Japan’s government is a good one because it will bring new ideas to Japan in order to better the situation.

References:

BBC news

The Economist

New York Times

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2 Responses to "Japan’s change in government"

You have a good, well researched paragraph. I think the same as you that it is good that Japan has a change in government, and let’s hope its for the better.

Manon,
I think you have good hope in the new government, but in the end, I don’t think there will be any HUGE drastic changes that will “wow” anyone.

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