Japan’s conservative party back in power
Linkedin

Japan’s conservative party back in power

Tōkyō : Japan | Dec 16, 2012 at 10:27 PM PST
XX XX
Views: Pending
 
As prime minister and leader of the DPJ, Yoshihiko Noda has pushed through unpopular legislation on doubling sales tax

Japan’s conservative-leaning party is back in power after a landslide election victory Sunday, driving out Yoshihiko Noda's Democratic Party (DJP) from rule after three years. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) chief, Shinzo Abe, would be returning as prime minister of the country after three years of absence.

According to initial tallies, LDP won 293 out of the 480 seats in Japan’s lower house. Shinzo Abe promised to introduce reforms to the stagnant Japanese economy and stand up to a growingly aggressive China.

"I think the results do not mean we have regained the public's trust 100%. Rather, they reflect 'no votes' to the DPJ's politics that stalled everything the past three years," Abe said, according to Sky News. "Now we are facing the test of how we can live up to the public's expectations, and we have to answer that question."

The election result underscores rising conservative sentiments in Japan and signifies potentially violent relationship between China and Japan, the nations locked in ownership disputes of a number of islands. China's claim of ownership of the islands had been latent until the Japanese government purchased them from an individual who owned them earlier this year.

Mr. Abe, 58, is widely considered a hawkish and conservative leader whose earlier term in office concluded ignominiously. Amid plunging popularity, he resigned on grounds of poor health.

Japan’s Liberal Democrats held almost absolute control on government from 1955 to 2009, when they lost to the Democratic Party of Japan. This election cycle, the Democratic Party was anticipated to win only 56 seats. Prime Minister Yoshiko Noda stepped down as head of the party hours after the polls ended, admitting the vote results were a “disappointment.”

Abe supports amendments in Japan’s post-World War II constitution to untie restrictions on the military and has pledged a strong defense of Japanese dominion.

“A good Japan-China relationship is in the national interest for both countries. Both sides need to recognize that. I think there is a problem that China lacks that understanding,’’ Abe told Japanese television after the polls closed, according to the LA Times.

Putting Japan's economy on track will be the major home-challenge for Mr. Abe’s government. He has vowed to introduce “unlimited” monetary easing and large expenditures on public welfare. Japan is about to go into its fourth economic slump since 2000 and has a public debt double the amount of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

1 of 7
Next
Yoshihiko Noda, Japan's finance minister
Yoshihiko Noda, Japan's finance minister
Kamran Ahmed is based in Seattle, Washington, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
Report Credibility
 
  • Clear
  • Share:
  • Share
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
 
 
 
Advertisement
 

News Stories

 
  • Shinzo Abe-led LDP wins Japan general elections

      Zee News
    34 Zeenews Bureau Tokyo: In what could fuel up the furor with China, Japan's conservative Liberal Democratic Party surged back to power in a major election victory on Sunday. Just three years after it was defeated in 2009, former Japan Prime Minister...
  • Japan's Abe warns on road ahead

    Shinzo Abe says his party has a "heavy responsibility" following its landslide victory in Sunday's elections. The conservative Liberal Democratic Party won almost 300 seats and, with its coalition partner, looks set for a two-thirds majority in the...
  • Japan vote 'harsh verdict' on ousted ruling party: media

      Times of Oman
    The landslide election victory for Japan's conservative opposition marked a "harsh verdict" by disgruntled voters on the ousted Democratic Party of Japan, media said Monday. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) win in Sunday's polls gave its leader and...
  • Japan moves right as conservatives win big

      The Daily Telegraph
    S conservative opposition has swept to victory in a weekend election, giving former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a second chance to push his hawkish security agenda and reflate the economy. Voters dumped Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda three years after...
  • Presumed New Japanese PM Wants Tougher Stance on China

      Epoch Times
    December 16, 2012 Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Shinzo Abe waves gestures as he speaks in support of his party's candidate in Matsudo city on Saturday. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images) Japan's conservative Liberal...
  • LDP, ally win landslide victory

      United Press International
    Shinzo Abe was poised Monday to come back as Japan's next prime minister after his party and an ally won a landslide victory in parliamentary elections. Abe's Liberal Democratic Party, which had continuously ruled Japan for over 50 years until its...

Images

 >
 

More From Allvoices

Report Your News Got a similar story?
Add it to the network!

Or add related content to this report



Use of this site is governed by our Terms of Use Agreement and Privacy Policy.

© Allvoices, Inc. 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Powered by PulsePoint.