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The Rise of the LDP and Prime Minister Aso?

April 13, 2009

Various news articles released over the weekend show the differing views of the popularity of the DPJ (Democratic Party of Japan) vs. the LDP (Liberal Democratic Party).

Nikkei (Local Elections say “yes”) – The Nikkei’s article about Akita’s governor race stated “The DPJ’s support in the region was broken” by the election. They continued stating the main reason for the loss is the recent scandal involving the DPJ’s Ozawa and his secretary being charged with taking campaign funds from Nishimatsu Construction Company. The Nikkei also cited the domino-like-effects across regions, where Chiba also recently elected an LDP governor over a DPJ one.

NHK (Public Opinion says “yes”, well kind of) – The NHK ran the results of their public opinion poll today. The prime minister’s approval ratings jumped from around 17 to 30%. Also when asked in a survey who the Japanese would like to see as prime minster in the next election, Prime Minister Aso of the LDP was favored over Representative Ozawa of the DPJ (Democratic Party of Japan). How decisive an outcome was it? Well, 19% favored the Prime Minister, while 14% favored Ozawa. 60% of Japanese said neither of these candidates would be good choices.

Asahi (Neither party is popular) Asahi seemed to use the unpopularity of politicians to their advantage in an interview with Prime Minister Aso. They asked the Prime Minister “You’ve been saying in budgetary committee, “Create a budget! Reconcile differences!” But between your party and the opposition party, which side do you think the public supports?” Aso replied “As of right now, umm…currently, looking from…Wait, you have evidence that this budget is supported by the public? Well, do you?”

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  1. April 14, 2009 9:01 pm

    That will be interesting to see how it plays out!

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