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Sunday, December 16, 2012

HUGE!! Conservatives sweep to victory in Japan

by Clifford F. Thies

Exit Polls indicate that the center-right Liberal Democratic Party has been returned to power in Japan, sweeping the snap election called last month by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of the center-left Democratic Party. The LDP is projected to gain a substantial majority of the seats in the lower house of the Japanese parliament. With its traditional coalition partner, the New Komeito Party, a reform-oriented, Buddhist Party, the ruling coalition will have something like a two-thirds majority.

From the NY Times, "Conservative Party Nears a Return to Power in Japan":
many Japanese saw Sunday’s vote not as a weakening of Japan’s desire for change, or a swing to the anti-Chinese right, but a rebuke of the incumbent Democrats In the powerful lower house, the Liberal Democrats held a commanding lead in early results, taking 216 of the 330 seats that have been decided so far. NHK, Japan’s national broadcaster, was forecasting that the Liberal Democrats could win more than 300 of the 480 seats up for grabs... The Democrats have won only 32 of the seats decided so far... Liberal Democratic leader, Shinzo Abe, a former prime minister who is one Japan’s most outspoken nationalists, will be able to form a government with himself as prime minister... the hawkish Mr. Abe may try to fan Japan’s anxieties over China’s growing strength... Mr. Abe emphazed economic issues, promising help for the nation’s beleaguered export sector with more aggressive steps to drive down the yen and make Japanese products cheaper abroad.
Japan will soon have its seventh Prime Minister in seven years. On the one hand, the country's economy has been stagnant for many years, and the national debt is unbelievably huge. On the other hand, the country's economy is stagnant at a high level of income, and the savings of the Japanese people are strong.

A fundamental problem facing the country is the now rapidly aging population. The U.S., in contrast, has a healthy reproduction rate plus the influx of immigrants. Our demographic problem is, therefore, not as bad as Japan's. With a large majority in parliament, the incoming government deal pro-actively with the challenges of an aging population.

Photo credit - English.cr.cn

5 comments:

John Morris said...

Wow, this post shows some considerable ignorance- and also how useless terms like "conservative" are.

Yes, Abe can be classified as a strong nationalist --possibly very strong- having refused to acknowledge guilt for the clear crimes commited in WWII. He is also pro militarist.

However, on economic policies, he is in favor of things like massive money printing and public spending.

The some total mix of "right wing nationalism" and populist statism is called Fascism.

Erich Domdero said...

You're not going to get a lot of support here John. They're not big on knowledge. Naziism and communism are the same thing here.

John Morris said...

My point was pretty much exactly that.

My guess is you are evading the similarities.

John Morris said...
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Erich Domdero said...

Stalinism had similarities to Naziism. But Stalinism is not Marx/Lenin Communism.