August 28, 2009

Will Japan Reject U.S. Security Alliance?

Yoichiro Sato, Jakarta Post

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Prime Minister Taro Aso, whose public support has plummeted below 20 percent, has announced dissolution of the Lower House of the Diet.

The opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) has been gaining ground and could win majority control of the Lower House in the election that will be held at the end of the month.

The prospect of regime change in Tokyo has triggered discussions about its implications for US-Japan relations and Japan's global security roles. While the fall of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leads some observers to expect drastic change in Japan's foreign and security policy orientations, various factors minimize the likelihood of a fundamental shift in Japanese policy, assuring a considerable degree of continuity.

To be fair, not all...

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TAGGED: Japan, United States, Iraq, DPJ, Democratic Party of Japan, United Nations, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Lower House of the Diet, Lower House, Indian Ocean, Junichiro Koizumi, Taro Aso, Prime Minister, Tokyo

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