Japan's PM, Yukio Hatoyama to keep electoral promises.
By, Uwe Paschen.
Yukio Hatoyama, Japan’s newly elected Prime Minister intends to keep his electoral promises in spite of resistance on several fronts.
Japan’s Democratic Party just won last August National election by a landslide against the outgoing Liberal Democratic Government from Taro Aso that ruled Japan for over 50 years almost continuously since WWII.
This is a first in Japan’s post WWII history, never before had a left wing party managed to win such a complete majority and rule over both, the Upper and lower house.
Yukio Hatoyama who will take office officially on September 16th 2009 as the new Prime Minister of Japan, Said in his address on NHK yesterday that his Government was determined to keep their Election promises.
Those promises include the termination of all Military collaboration with the US refuelling program and to insure that Japan’s Constitution of Non Aggression be respected.
Further, he intends to make true on moving Japan away from US Politics and woes to develop stronger ties with China and other Asian partners.
This in spite of US speculations that his Campaign rhetoric’s would mellow down once elected.
He did also go head to head with the Industry that disputed his ambition to cut emissions drastically by 2020 and make legislation that would bring about great changes to the building code, such as making 90% of all house being equipped with Solar energy and making them energy efficient. In addition, he intends to replace 90% of all Auto Mobiles with Hybrids and Environment friendly technologies by the 2020.
"A highly ambitious accord with participation by all major countries is a prerequisite to our country's promise to the international community"
Said Yukio Hatoyama, Japan's new prime minister.
He also said, "This are political pledges made in our manifesto,"... "We must meet those by taking all possible measures."
If any thing, he is serious and determined to take an aggressive global stand and to move his plan ahead in spite of protest from the outgoing Conservative LDP and resistance from the industry over his goals.
He does enjoy a high approval rating and a strong majority Government, wish will help him. The people do seem to want the change and to be willing to take the risk.
As one of the commentators stated after yesterdays address, this can be seen as a divorce between Japan and the US and may give the Obama administration a lot of headaches to come.
However, for Japan and Asia this may be a healthy and beneficial development in the long run, at least so seems to be the hope of the Japanese electorate and some annalist. All are following this up closely here and abroad.
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