New Japanese P.M. quits

Japanese flagJapan’s new prime minister, Yjkio Hatoyama, squandered a historic electoral mandate in only nine months and resigned — sparking a scramble by his Democratic Party of Japan to find a new leader before July’s election.  International relations Professor William Grimes, director of the Center for the Study of Asia, says Hatoyama was not prepared to create the new era of party-led politics that his party has promised when they finally ousted the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan which had been in power a half century with near-unbroken rule.

“The best that we can hope is that this episode proves to be another step toward the creation of a new centrist party or coalition that can tackle Japan’s problems pragmatically and without pandering.”

Contact William Grimes, 617-353-9420, wgrimes@bu.edu

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