yukio hatoyama

Placating Fools in Japan

http://hoppo-m-flip.go.jp/hoppo/kikaku/02.htmlIs this the price Japan’s PM Naoto Kan has to pay to overhaul Japan’s entitlements programs and combat the conservative farming lobbies?


The DPJ’s ‘New Asianism’

David Fedman identifies what’s laudable and what’s borrowed in the DPJ’s ‘New Asianism’

Cloaked in the mantle of former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s elevated yu-ai, or fraternity, rhetoric, Japan has poured sugar on its regional relationships, especially with China. But what concretely has Japan done to demonstrate its commitment to rapprochement with its neighbours?


It All Goes China’s Way

Wen Charms the Ladies

China’s prime minister, Wen Jiabao, startled some old ladies and Japan’s premier with his sprightliness. That makes two Wen two for two mollifying the region.



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