Following in the footsteps of Hatoyama Ichiro, his grandfather, Hatoyama Yukio has been elected as Japan’s ninety-third prime minister, a moment being compared by Hatoyama and others to great turning points in Japan’s history.
Whether this moment proves worthy of such a description will depend on the new prime minister and his cabinet. He inherits a government badly in need of reform and a stagnant economy.
Good luck, Mr. Prime Minister. You’ll need it.