Sunday, August 30, 2009

With Bold Stand, Japan Opposition Wins a Landslide

On August 30, 2009, the DPJ absolutely crushed the LDP in the election, winning 308 of the 480 seats in the Lower House. Yukio Hatoyama called the election “revolutionary.”

“Many Japanese saw the vote as the final blow to the island nation’s postwar order, which has been slowly unraveling since the economy collapsed in the early 1990s,” said the New York Times.

Daniel C. Sneider predicted that the DPJ would “end the habits from decades of a relationship in which Japan didn’t challenge the United States.”

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