Skip to comments.Japanese PM Yukio Hatoyama resigns amid Okinawa row
Posted on 06/01/2010 10:47:47 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has announced his resignation after just eight months in office.
He was forced out after breaking an election pledge to move an unpopular US military base away from the southern island of Okinawa.
The move comes as his Democratic Party of Japan (DJP) struggles to revive its chances in an election due in July.
The centre-left DPJ's election landslide last year ended half a century of conservative rule in Japan.
But wrangling over the base distracted attention from their broader aims - pursuing a more equal alliance with the US, a bigger welfare state, and to seize control of policy-making from the bureaucracy, says the BBC's Roland Buerk in Tokyo.
Mr Hatoyama, 63, was Japan's fourth prime minister in four years.
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The Cold War is over. Let Japan protect itself. The conditions under which we entered these alliances with Japan were very different in 1945-50.
Japan has the money, the technology and the manpower. If they don’t have the will, then even the USA can’t save them.
Could we get Zero to resign?
While he has broken all of his campaign promises, it doesn’t bother him as much - he never intended to keep those promises anyway and he doesn’t think people will remember them anyway. Totally different from Japan.
Why is that base still open? Ol’ Jack Murtha is no longer around to argue to redeploy soldiers from Iraq...[/s]
I would keep the base open to give support to the troops in South Korea.
What the heck does “center-left” mean in Japanese terms? That is european political bullcrap.
The DJP(center left).The Democratic Party claim themselves to be revolutionary in that they are against the status quo and the current governing establishment. The Democratic Party argue that the bureaucracy of the Japanese government size is too large, inefficient, and saturated with cronies and that the Japanese state is too conservative and stiff.
Wasn’t Yukio Hatoyama the “Japanese Obama?”
He is totally incompetent!