The title of a recently released Al-Jazeera article is “Japan’s conservatives win LANDSLIDE victory” (Web-site/URL: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/20121216112439228150.html).
“Japan’s CONSERVATIVE Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has won a LANDSLIDE victory in the election for parliament’s lower house, according to TV exit polls, returning to power after a three-year-hiatus with ex-prime minister Shinzo Abe at the helm”. So the LIBERAL Democratic Party is “conservative?” HM.
“Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Sunday (December 16 2012) conceded defeat in the general election and said he was stepping down as leader from his HUMBLED (?) governing party”. So, the DPJ has been “humbled”. The question, now, of course, is: WILL THEY CHANGE THEIR POLICIES/METHODS? WHAT WILL THEY DO ABOUT THIS?
“he (Noda) told a press conference”. “I will resign as the head of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) because I take this result SERIOUSLY” or PERSONALLY? “I want to DEEPLY APOLOGIZE (?) as I COULD NOT produce results“. Is Noda’s “deep apology” GENUINE/SINCERE?
“Noda was speaking after NHK television, citing forecasts based on both official results and its own exit polls, said (that) the LDP had won at least 255 seats with 95 seats undecided, against (only) 39 seats for the DPJ”. This was a SHELLACKING or DRUBBING that should remind us of the losses that DEMOCRATS suffered on CAPITOL HILL in THE UNITED STATES in the 2010 mid-term Congressional elections, especially/more specifically in THE HOUSE, where Democrats lost 63 seats.
“In an interview shortly before the polls closed, Tina Burnett, of Temple University in Tokyo, told Al Jazeera that Japan’s electorate is underwhelmed by the election. “Burnett said that the governing party left the electorate “feeling DISAPPOINTED” because of its record of “BROKEN PROMISES” and poor handling of the Fukushima crisis following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami”. “feeling disappointed” and “broken promises” are fundamental characteristics of POLITICIANS of BOTH parties.
Finally, “Al Jazeera‘s Rob McBride, reporting from Tokyo, said PUBLIC UNEASE about a deteriorating security environment – North Korea launched a rocket over Japan’s southern islands last week and China sent a plane into Japanese airspace – has BOLSTERED Abe’s cause“. So, Abe is a Japanese NATIONALIST? Didn’t he want to pursue BETTER relations with countries such as CHINA and SOUTH KOREA during his first stint as Prime Minister? (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinz%C5%8D_Abe). “Japanese people feel that they have REALLY lost out in the head-to-heads that they have had with the Chinese authorities over the sovereignty of islands in South China Sea”. Of course, we’re talking about the ridiculous debate concerning the DIAOYU/SENKAKU islands here.