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  •  I'm interested in Sapelcovits (4+ / 0-)
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    take on the recent Japanese elections.

    For instance Abe appears to have a somewhat more progressive, populist economic ideology and would be able to be more proactive than Noda. But on the other hand he's a real winger with respect to Article 9 of the Country's constitution, which is one of the most admirable and radical, humanist statements against war in any government in the world. And lately Abe has been playing up anti-China sentiments and seems ready to stir up more trouble. Not that China is innocent, what with their rampant demagoguery and attempts to create unity through nationalism partially derived from hatred of Japanese, and their double standards on property ownership.

    Japanese politics are impossible to follow. For instance Yukio Hatoyama, Taro Aso, Yasuo Fukuda, Shinzo Abe, Yoshihiko Noda and Naoto Kan have all been Prime Minister since just 2006 !

    "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles. My Political Compass Score: -4.00, -3.69, Proud member of DKE

    by ArkDem14 on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 11:31:18 AM PST

    •  Japan is the new Italy (2+ / 0-)
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      Of course, Italy went through so many leaders back in the day largely because of covert American intervention...

      •  This is nothing new for Japan though (2+ / 0-)
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        "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles. My Political Compass Score: -4.00, -3.69, Proud member of DKE

        by ArkDem14 on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 11:52:35 AM PST

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      •  Also because it was just musical chairs (0+ / 0-)

        among the leaders of a more or less constant coalition of thoroughly corrupt parties in league with the Mafia, Camorra, N'drangheta, and other organized crime syndicates.

        Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

        by MichaelNY on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 04:57:05 PM PST

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      I totally read that comment title the wrong way.

      You're interested in Sapelcovits's take, not Sapelcovits.

      23 Burkean Post Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Raised), TX-20 (B.A. & M.A. in Political Science), TX-17 (Home); 08/12 PVIs

      by wwmiv on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 11:35:30 AM PST

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    •  Out of the frying pan and into the fire (2+ / 0-)
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      Japan really has no good options now IMO. This election was basically the equivalent of 2010 for the DPJ, where they just lost everywhere. Given how violent the anti-Japanese protests got in China over the Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute and how Japan and Korea are at odds over Takeshima/whatever the Korean name is, it really feels like Japan is just isolating itself more and more. For that matter I can't imagine the loss of business ties with China will be good for the economy.

      Living in Kyoto-06 (Japan), voting in RI-01, went to college in IL-01.

      by sapelcovits on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 06:33:53 PM PST

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