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Japan PM Resigns, Race for Replacement Begins

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Posted on Aug 27, 2011
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Then-Prime Minister Naoto Kan addresses the 2011 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January.

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan resigned Friday after enduring months of heavy criticism about his response to the March earthquake and tsunami and the subsequent nuclear crisis the natural disasters caused. By Saturday, five Japanese lawmakers were vying for the newly open position.

The changing of the guard in Japan can be a lightning-fast process, politically speaking. On Monday, the ruling Democratic Party of Japan will vote for one of its five candidates, and because it holds the majority in parliament’s lower house, the winner will immediately be named prime minister.

The five candidates include Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Trade Minister Banri Kaieda and former Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara, and after one full day of speeches and debate, no one candidate stood out as a clear leader.

If none of the candidates secures a majority of the votes, the top two candidates will go on for another round, making the process only a few days longer. —BF

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The next leader must grapple with a resurgent yen that threatens exports, rebuild from the disaster, forge a new energy policy while ending the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl, and find funds to pay for the bulging social welfare costs of an ageing society while reining in public debt already twice the size of the $5 trillion economy.

The impression that power struggles, not policies, are dominating the race risks further denting support for the Democrats, who swept to power in 2009 promising change. Their ratings have sagged due to policy flip-flops, indecision and charges of a bungled response to the disasters.

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By prisnersdilema, August 28, 2011 at 9:43 am Link to this comment

So then what is going to happen to the crooked corporations, who created the faulty nuclear reactor designs, which resulted in the inabiltiy to deal with what happened?

Will those same corporations escape responsibility for the poisoning of Japan for the next 100 thousand or so years, the deaths of millions of Japanese, the suffering of millions of children?

Will they pay for the thyroid surgeries, and the leukemia’s, when they surely come?

Or will they hide out here in the USA, after buying off the politicians in Japan? Much like Warren Anderson, did, and still does after Bhopal?

Murder by corporate criminals, is not a new crime. But it seems that somehow, it escapes the outrage, that goes along with other crimes against mankind, like the holocaust.

Nonetheless, it is a holocaust against humanity, and against, every child.

With each drop of radio active rain that falls on Seattle, or British Columbia, or Ohio, Penssylvannia, the body count, and the expsosure count will rise…

When will the plutocracy pay for it’s crimes?

Who will make them pay when we are all dead, from their poison?

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By TDoff, August 28, 2011 at 9:10 am Link to this comment

OK, OK, fess up. Who’s the wise-a** who submitted Perry’s and Bachmann’s names for the Japanese Prime Minister job? Good job, by Monday we’ll know if one of them wins, thus reducing the odds of a US catastrophe by a significant number.

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