Goverment Change in Japan

On the 2nd June 2010, Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama resigned after only 8.5 months in government. Following its overwhelming victory of 2009, the DPJ-led coalition government had realised a number of its campaign promises. However, Hatoyama failed to keep a self-defined deadline for the relocation of a US base on Okinawa.

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»Change« Comes to Japan?

This report assesses the background to Japan’s August 30th general election, as well as the main policy options on the new government’s agenda. The report describes how the Liberal Democratic Party’s loss was rooted in poor economic management and the effects of socioeconomic change on its electoral base.

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