JA 17 – The Victory of the Minshuto – Dec. 2009
The Democratic Party (Minshutô) won the general election on August 30th, when it gained 191 seats. With 308 seats, it retains an absolute majority in the Lower House (which requires 241). The Liberal Democrat Party, which lost 181 seats, has only held onto 119, and the Kômeitô 21. So Japan is witnessing a complete reversal of power in the Diet: the opposition has won a victory as large as that of the LDP in 2005.
– ANALYSIS OF CURRENT AFFAIRS –
The Minshutô defeats the LDP
The Minshutô’s first reforms
An anti-American posture?
The post-electoral balance in the Minshutô
The LDP prepares for a come-back
Towards a renewal of the political scene?
– POINTS OF VIEW ON CURRENT AFFAIRS –
Asai Motofumi, «Leaving behind an international political outlook based on power – a close look at the Democratic Party’s diplomacy and security policy», Sekai (translated by Pierre Fauquet)
Îo Jun and Nonaka Naoto, «In what ways will the merging of the government with the majority party lead to policy changes?», Chûô kôron (translated by Guibourg Delamotte)
Tsuji Takuya, «Ranking prefectures in terms of birth rates and population growth», Chûô kôron (translated by Pierre Fauquet)
Ishiba Shigeru, «The LDP will not be able to recover by appealing to hidebound nationalism», Chûô kôron (translated by Guibourg Delamotte)
by Guibourg Delamotte