Aso Taro, the New Substitute
|Monday, 22. September 2008 0 comment(s)||
Today, September 22, Aso Taro was voted President of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), and is thus one step away from being elected
Aso’s taking office would be an eventful occasion if it weren’t for the fact that he will be no less than
But, needless to say,
Of course, Koizumi was different. He ensured his survival in office from 2001 to 2006 only by confronting his own party. He swept the board, busted factions and brought in a host of new, loyal MPs. He changed the rules of the game, expounded his political goals, and won.
After Koizumi, the LDP has reverted to past practices. Pawns are being put back into place around the board to protect the kings and the queens. Reform this, reform that – talk about reform has been on everyone’s lips for years, but going for real reform is usually political suicide.
Aso does use language similar to the visionary Koizumi. In the run-up to the LDP presidency, he spoke of a revitalised
Yet concrete policy initiatives seldom figure on the agenda. Rather, Aso is riding out the dying tsunami that Koizumi had raised.
It seems the LDP are pinning their hopes on this former Olympic skeet shooter (he finished 41st at the Montreal Olympics in 1976), comic book fan and grandson of Yoshida Shigeru (one of post-war
Meanwhile, the inauguration of Aso’s cabinet most likely signifies a continuation to Japan’s US-centred foreign policy, unyielding stance on
Even if Aso aspires to make changes, statistics suggest he won’t be in office long enough to achieve it.
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