Mixed Feelings In Japan Over Obama Victory

The Japanese government has forged rather close relations with the Bush administration and is now attempting to ascertain the implication of an Obama victory. Prime Minister Taro Aso said: “the key is strengthening Japan-US relations, whether that’s with McCain or Obama,” but a leading official in the ruling party noted: “Obama’s win causes a large degree of uncertainty for Japan” because there is fear he will try to separate himself from Bush foreign policies. However, others believe Obama will be more receptive to working with Japan on issues such as global warming and disarmament.

A major concern is the Obama China policy, and whether he will focus more intently on issues of human right abuses in China. Barack Obama is a pragmatist and will focus on establishing close working relations with China even if it means downplaying issues related to human rights.