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Japan Struggles To Define Relationship With Obama

Prime Minister Taro Aso indicated he seeks to establish solid working relationships with the new Obama adminsitration, but he will have problems in achieving that goal. The Japanese prime minister had close working connections with Bush and is unclear as to whether Obama’s policies in Asia will be in line with his goals. Obama needs to focus on rebuilding the American economy, and Japan has enough of its own financial crisis to be of much assistance. Japan is still very much concerned about the kidnapping by North Korea of its citizens, but there is little likelihood this will be of much concern to the Obama administration. Obama wants to end North Korean nuclear programs and will undoubtedly make that his priority, which means he will regard lesser issues of no importance and will avoid dealing with them if they hamper achieving the goal of ending nuclear weapons in North Korea.

The Japanese government has displayed an inept approach to many issues such as the manner in which the history of WWII is taught in its schools which has resulted in anger by Chinese and Korean officials. It is time for Japan to confront issues of the past, put them to rest, and move ahead to focus on contemporary issues. Aso’s buddy, George Bush is history, so begin making history with Obama

McCarthyism Takes Hold Of Japanese Politics

Outspoken japanese politician Taro Aso who is rumored to be in the running for the position of prime minister, offended members of the opposition party by comparing them to Nazis. Satsuki Eda, of the opposing Democratic Party of Japan, told Aso the electorate was moving away from his Liberal Democratic Party and seeking new directions. Aso became infuriated at the prospect his party would lose after almost three decades of power and lashed out in the comment we in America have heard from Republican defenders of Bush when Democrats dare claim they should win control of government, “”if you look at history,” said Aso, “you will see as a result of the people moving away from the party of government, regimes like the Nazis have come to power.” In America if you oppose the Republicans, you are a communist or appeaser.

Aso has previously insisted Japan had a right to conquer Korea and refused to apologize for the sadistic behavior of Japanese troops during World War II. In the eyes of Aso, we Japanese are always rights and when we say, “we Japanese,” we mean the Liberal Democratic Party.