Is the government running out of options — or out of options already?

The political system is gearing up for a debate over the government's 15 trillion yen stimulus package that could decide the timing and the outcome of the next general election.Kan Naoto has indicated that if the government is open to revising the plan, the DPJ will cooperate to smooth its passage. What choice does the …

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The Japanese public decides to wait and see on Aso

On Sunday, I suggested that Aso Taro would not enjoy the honeymoon enjoyed by his predecessors upon becoming prime minister.Now that the first opinion polls are in, it is clear that the public is losing its tolerance for LDP inaction.There was talk that the Aso cabinet might receive public approval in the sixties; isn't that …

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