Monday, September 22, 2008

Japan names right-winger to head govt

Conservative Taro Aso will lead Japan governing party in an attempt to stave off the opposition's challenge in upcoming elections.

However, many analysts believe that the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which has dominated Japanese politics, is set for inevitable defeat.

The key opposition Democratic Party of Japan has effectively blocked legislation in the Upper House of the Japanese Diet.

Aso is known as a hawk who has angered many of Japan's Asian neighbors with his forthright statements.

Japanese ruling party names Taro Aso as new leader - 34 minutes ago

Despite his hawkish stance, Aso has said that Japan should not view China 'with hostility'. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images Japan's ruling party today elected the colourful rightwinger Taro Aso as its leader in a last-ditch attempt to ...

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