» 07/12/2010, 00.00
Democratic Party of Japan loses big in yesterday’s elections
The governing party loses its majority in the upper house of parliament. Now it must seek new partners to govern. Prime minister Kan refuses to resign, insists on the need for a consumption tax. Experts point to various scenarios.
Election defeat marks Abe’s political future
Although he might keep his job and has enough seats to govern, the prime minister’s ability to govern will be conditioned by the poll results. Foreign capitals, where Abe was seen in a more positive light, are concerned.
For the first time upper house led by opposition politician
Satsuki Eda becomes speaker of the House of Councillors following the defeat of the ruling party in recent elections. Analysts warn about a possible political deadlock.
Opinion polls predict Abe’s defeat on July 29, but many voters still undecided
The governing coalition appears far short of the number of seats needed to retain control of the upper house. Many voters are still undecided. Abe announces he won’t quit even if he loses because he has a majority in the lower house, but a resounding defeat might lose him smaller parties’ support and weaken the yen.
Japan’s election, a revolution by young “assassins”
The Democratic Party took more than 60 per cent of the seats in the Lower House. It won by going after the vote of young people and women who are now stepping in lieu of the old “barons” of traditional politics. For the Liberal Democrats, it is time for change as Taro Aso shows his greatness in defeat. The new party plans focus on people and fraternity, but some promises will be hard to keep because of the economic crisis.
Japan’s current political crisis likely to end in a government of transition
People in the street react negatively to PM Fukuda’s sudden resignation. Premier quit because of deadlock in parliament and a drop in popularity as New Komeito plays maverick role.
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