After the vote, at a press conference, Kan said he would not resign until the government stabilized the situation at the Fukushima 1 reactor, which might not happen until 2012. This statement threw the DPJ into turmoil.
“Even those who had stood behind Kan during the no-confidence-vote saga were taken aback,” said the Nihon Keizai Shimbun.
Hatoyama was “flabbergasted” and “appalled” and “shaking with anger,” especially after seeing Kan smile at the press conference. Apparently, he thought Kan had agreed to resign this month. After Okada said that Kan had not agreed to resign before a certain date, Hatoyama called Okada a liar and he called Kan a swindler. He was so angry, in fact, that he decided, once again, to try and bring down the Kan administration (I remember laughing uncontrollably when I first learned about this). Unfortunately, you can only hold a no-confidence vote once per Diet session. With that option gone, Hatoyama, in consultation with Ozawa, decided to organize a DPJ general meeting at which he and Ozawa would demand that Kan resign.
“What on earth are this country’s politicians doing?” said the Nihon Keizai Shimbun. “This was the question on everyone’s mind as they watched the no-confidence-vote kabuki theater staged by lawmakers totally divorced from reality.”
Of course, while all this was going on, Daniel Inouye was in Japan. My government would later “tell” me what Japan told him. The alliance would remain in the dumpster as long as the relationship was dominated by lies and secret dealings (much of which involved the CIA). As long as this situation continued, Japan would continue to ignore America and would work with China to build an all mighty East Asia Community that excluded America. The Kan administration was now a lame duck and would do nothing that America wanted. America would have to wait until the next administration to get anything and would have to work with Japan in order to force Kan into resigning.
This, of course, sent my government into a furious rage. Over the next two trading days, TiVo shares would drop 59 cents to $10.11. Vonage shares, after rising by 7 cents today, would plummet nearly 17%, dropping from $4.80 to $3.99 over the next ten days.
Back when all this happened, I remember being very angry with Japan for not telling the world the truth. I thought Japan had lost a golden opportunity. I did not understand what Japan was thinking.
Japan desperately wants to discredit and get rid of the American system of government. In fact, much of what the DPJ has done since it assumed power has been focused on this one goal.
As for myself, at this point in time, I had not yet given up on our system of government. For me, that would come later, during the debt ceiling crisis.