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Noda to become Japan's next prime minister

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Yeah yeah smile you ossantachi. Just think about your election instead of the people in Tohoku.

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Dear Mr. PM to be:

Please "log in" and hit "FF Forward" Set up virus protection program "LDP" and send it to "Trash". If still not working, then go to program called "OZAWA" and hit "RETURN".

Sincerely, Window Customer Service Tel: 1-800-HATOYAMA

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Bunch of time wasters and fake smiles, makes me ill to be honest.

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Kan has resigned, and there was no prime minister over the weekend. Country ran great. Just keep it that way.

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This means more corruption under Ozawa's puppet and business as usual for the nuclear power industry. The people be damned if one feudal potentate, who's not even a party member, chooses otherwise. But Maehara as a "security expert"? Please. I doubt anyone in the parliament can claim that title.

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Not much of a choice is it? Actually, 'choice' is only a relative term, as the people aren't doing this (again). Worse, is that the opposition don't really offer anything better either. 6 months, then collapse due to continued political paralysis. Need a government with a clear majority (and no internal 'factions' diluting the power) to move Japan forward.

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Why are all politicians the same? What Japan needs is a PM that can lead for more than a year. I thought that American politics were screwed up. This just seems like it's being ran as it plays out.

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@japangirl agree with you. China is the only country in the world with a sucessful system of government. Japan should think about going that was. Democracy is a capitalist corruption rip-off. Anyway, get your bets in, there is some good odds out there.

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China is the only country in the world with a sucessful system of government.

Sure it is, living standards in China and civil liberties are better than any other country. I love how they've completely abolished poverty there. I'm going to apply for Chinese citizenship as soon as I can.

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Eeny, meeny, miny, moe

Catch a pollie by the toe

If it squeals let it go

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe

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Ozawa has the choice not the Japanese people, I would not let him look after my kids (cost too much for a start) let alone choose a countries leader

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Kan has resigned, and there was no prime minister over the weekend.

Incorrect. Even though Kan resigned as the President of the DPJ, he still remains Prime Minister until a new one is selected.

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Vote for the guy who's wearing the light grey suit, he's thinking out of the box.

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Interesting that Ozawa's pet boy gets centre stage in this photo-op. Almost as if it's already been decided. What a feudal kharzi this place is.

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Seems to me that whoever gets chosen Ozawa will be running the show anyway, and i just cant understand why someone who was embroiled in scandal, indicted and stripped of his party membership somehow STILL manages to wield so much power.

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They call it 'voting', I call it 'back-patting'.

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Runoff ! Kaieda and Noda.

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Interesting that Ozawa's pet boy gets centre stage in this photo-op.

Although Maehara is my preferred choice out of a sorry bunch, in reality as long as Ozawa holds the real power in the party, I see no point in him or any other person not favored by Ozawa being chosen.

If we want to see the government function at it's basic level and actually get something done, then it really needs to be Ozawa's chosen one. What's the point of choosing another leader who is not going to have the support of the largest faction in his party? It will just be Kan all over again - someone trying to swim with a huge concrete slab tied to his feet.

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Noda's speech is a lot better than Kaieda. I think Noda is gonna win :)

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And it looks like "Crybaby" Kaieda is going to take this one.

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If the party cannot function without the buy-in of a 'faction' within it... the party should split that faction off as a seperate party.

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Many supporters of former foreign minister Seiji Maehara, 74 votes, were expected to now give their support to Noda...........This is definately an exciting news. I really want to see how his face will looks like at the end!

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Noda wins!

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Noda is new leader.

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I hope Noda gets it -- seems the least of the five evils.

Anyway, like I said, Maehara probably won't get it because he hasn't waited long enough for his turn.

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Kaieda has suggested he would reinstate Ozawa's DPJ membership if elected.

Geez, that's a great reason not to vote for 'Al' Kaieda.

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Not ozawa's crony. NO.

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Finance minister Yoshiko Noda defeats industry minister Banri Kaieda in runoff election for leadership of DPJ.

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YongYang

Finance minister Yoshiko Noda defeats industry minister Banri Kaieda in runoff election for leadership of DPJ.

Beat me to it, congratulations noda, dont let the door hit you in the Rsss one the way out though son.

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Get ready for a few tax hikes, folks...

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Noda wins - couldn't think of a worse outcome from this. More sales tax, more nuclear plants.

I was really hoping Maehara would make it.

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Thank god crybaby Kaieda lost. If he won, the next prime minister after Kaieda would have been Ozawa in 2012.

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I went out for a stroll in the neighborhood and when I returned the TV was announcing that Japan had a new PM. Thanks SO MUCH for sparing me of a long, drawn-out campaign that resembles the "whack a mole" arcade game. This is one thing that Japan could teach to the USA.

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I love how JT switches the story but keeps the same comments for a previous article, I know this article is "updated" but you need to reflect that in the comments ("this comment was made on a previous edition to the story")

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They've probably arranged the next 4 or 5 PMs in their shady back room deals over the weekend; that should take Japan through to 2013...

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Making a couple of BOLD predictions here, either or both of these things will happen,

Noda will only be PM for 6 months to a year.

Ozawa will leave the party, with his "faction" and either rejoin the LDP or form his own party, forcing Noda to call elections and the LDP will come back into power like the old days.
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To address the economic problems, Politicians should adopt The FALGAFT Plan, a New Economic Paradigm that is based on what is Right and Just for the Nations Legal Citizens.

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Hmm... Now that Noda won , Ozawa will be pissed that Kaieda wasn't supported and DPJ will probably continue to be a divided party till the next election.. LDP will make use of it, refuse to co operate and the gridlock will continue and nothing will get done...DPJ will be blamed for their inability to get much done and the oldies and company employees told how to vote will probably be the only ones bothered to vote at next election ( as almost everyone else will have given up on politics by then ) and LDP will probably get back in we all go to square one again. I hope I'm wrong but this is how Japan, s bright future seems to me right now... Groundhog day Bad dream

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Looking forward to a full story about the new prime minister. I know very little about him.

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And who is Noda? Yes yes... I have read newspaper articles etc. but now that he is PM he should make an effort to introduce himself to ordinary people. Go on a nationwide tour, talk about his own vision for Japan (if he has any.... which is unlikely), establish (dare I say it!) an IDENTITY among all the other suit-clad clones.

But alas no, none of this is going to happen. Don't worry guys, if Noda doesn't cut it, will have another PM in six months time.

I wonder when Japan will understand that this circus actually hurts the economy?

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Hikozaemon: "I was really hoping Maehara would make it."

Why? Not that any of the five is a good choice, but Maehara is a clown who has quit his job twice, and has been engaged in scandals. He would quit within a few months, guaranteed. Again, while Noda is not necessarily a good choice either, I can at least see him trying to stick out the inevitable decline in popularity, and it's good that Ozawa's clown was not elected. And Hiko... stop going through and clicking 'bad' on all the posts just because you don't agree with them. :)

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Is it my imagination, or are we going back to the good old of days of uninspiring Prime Ministers? Surely Japan deserves better...not much of a democracy.

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Smithinjapan - I don't click good or bad on posts. Hard to keep up with this new technology.

Noda is committed to - maintaining the agreement to reverse manifesto promises made to LDP and Komeito, he is committed to raising sales tax in the middle of a depression, he is openly pro restoration of nuclear power, and just last week, Economist reports he even spoke openly about how the war criminal convictions of Tojo Hideki and friends were unjust.

He is owned by the bureaucrats at the finance ministry, committed to the pro tax, pro nuclear agenda of the establishment. He is the worst possible choice.

Maehara at least was pragmatic on taxes and nuclear power, and showed as foreign minister and transport minister that he was capable of acting with common sense - something Hatoyama lacked, and showed communication skills that Kan was sorely missing. Yes, he would have been a scandal dart board for the LDP but surely you agree that those scandals he was involved in weren't serious.

None of the candidates were "Ozawa clowns" - no one from his faction stood, but Kaieda was a terrible choice of a horse to back in the race. It was always going to be either Noda or Maehara - I would have preferred Maehara.

That said, Noda is basically powerless, and will remain so until the DPJ is disbanded next year either prior to or following the next house election, where he will be forced to resign. So I guess even if the guy IS a pro nuclear, tax hiking war criminal apologist, how much harm could he do....?

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And now we have a full story. Thanks!

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Hikozaemon: " I don't click good or bad on posts. Hard to keep up with this new technology."

I was half joking (all the bads led up to your name and non after), but obviously that didn't carry across, so my bad.

Anyway, I agree that Noda is not a great guy, but non of them are. The one thing I liked about Maehara was that he was for phasing out nuclear power within three decades, but I believe that would easily have changed when/if he got into power, with him saying, "It is unrealistic as we the power needs of Japan require nuclear technology" (ie. the electric companies put their iron grip on him). I don't agree with a tax hike, either, but it's going to happen -- be it next year or in three. Noda is not at all the 'worst possible choice', however... that would be the two guys whose names no one remembers.

"That said, Noda is basically powerless, and will remain so until the DPJ is disbanded next year either prior to or following the next house election, where he will be forced to resign."

That would be what happens regardless of who got in, and yes, Banri was/is an Ozawa clown, and hopefully this will lead Ozawa to FINALLY fulfill his promise to leave the party (after reneging at least once).

"So I guess even if the guy IS a pro nuclear, tax hiking war criminal apologist, how much harm could he do....?"

I'm sure there's room to hasten the rapid downward spiral Japan is in, but again, regardless of who got into office they would (will) be nothing but a lame duck. You watch, the LDP will be on Noda's butt tomorrow, and nothing will change one iota.

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Hmm... Now that Noda won , Ozawa will be pissed that Kaieda wasn't supported and DPJ will probably continue to be a divided party till the next election..

Hopefully Ozawa will be in jail by then...

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Nothing has changed only the name of the guy wearing the suit, it will still be the same old hobbled toothless tiger politics. Prepare for more in fighting and no forward motion. Actually prepare for more backward motion if anything.

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Noda? NODA? DPJ's tagline should be, "Professional Opposition Party Seeks Jiminto-lite candidate for interim leadership position until the next snap election".

This was just Maehara and Kan pissing in the pool because the Boy Wonder couldn't get the job.

Noda is MINO.

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Noda said on Aug. 13 that there should be no retreat from a pledge to double the sales tax to 10 percent by the middle of the decade. I predict other tax hikes as well.

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Nori

we never left the BAD ole days, they just continue on & on

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*be governed

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So I wonder how many months it'll be before the fickle Japanese public becomes dissatisfied with Noda.

I think the real victims in Japanese politics are the schoolchildren. They have to memorize the names of all the PMs for history class and these limp politicians don't make that task any easier.

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The people wanted Maehara but they didn't listen. This can only call out for a big disaster.

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Look forward to a nose dive in international relations especially in Asia. Noda is a right winger who denies the existence of J war criminals.

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@the_sheriff So I wonder how many months it'll be before the fickle Japanese public becomes dissatisfied with Noda.

Kyodo and Mainichi will be gearing up to run their polls, showing some initial minor rise in public opinion, then steady drops over the next few months.... happens as regular as clockwork.

Whether they are real polls or not, i.e. reflecting actual opinion or just the MSM opinion, they seem to accelerate the process of getting a new PM in...

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The people wanted Maehara but they didn't listen. This can only call out for a big disaster.

Yep, Ozawa saw to that. I'm just glad that Ozawa's boy for the job 'Al' Kaeida didn't get the job.

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thesheriff/wanderlust: Noda is pro tax, and pro nuclear. My bet is that he won't have ANY honeymoon period. In fact, I'll bet that he does not get an approval rating of above 20%.

I believe that if/when he tries to increase sales tax, Ozawa will pull the plug and end the DPJ - probably around the end of the year. In the end of the day, the tax increase agenda is the LDP's (via the Finance Ministry) and Ozawa will seek to survive and give his new party a boost by opposing it, and founding a new party based on the DPJ's original manifesto promises.

Noda will play caretaker as the party dissolves, and manage the transfer of power back to the LDP, whose policies he already endorses. Yay.

Peace

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^^^ what makes you think "ozawa's boy for the job" didn't win? Ozawa, while incompetent, isn't that stupid... I'm sure he knew quite well that whoever he supported would not get elected... reverse logic, if you may...

to me, Ozawa is like Natalie Portman's character in Star Wars Episode 1 Phantom Menace...

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Noda is for lowering corporate taxes, hope he can push that thru

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Congratulations to Noda, pretty soon there will be mounting calls for "No"-da so beter search for next PM now only.

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@Oginome- Cracked me up!

Lets just bypass all the debate and start posting bets on how long hell last. More productive. Maybe we could pool all financial resources and have a Japan Today booze up in a park conveniently situated for all!!!

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Dotakun - Noda is for hiking consumption taxes and forgiving war criminals.

But yes, lower corporate taxes will be lovely...

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What ChopriCana said 100%. Noda has the right stance on these issues, plus he's not afraid to say the Tokyo War Crime Trial was a sham.

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Can someone please explain the last paragraph of the article to me? The first word has me confused.

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I give him four months

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MEANWHILE 6 months later he will face an Ozawa scandal and forced to leave.

Place you bet !!!! He will not Last 6 months.

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Scum utter Scum, denie history! Got his job through Ozawa... Scum, do not care about anything else these two things tell me he is Scum, utter utter Scum

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Idiots. Bloody idiots.

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I am sorry but every time I look at this guy, he reminds me of one of the late night Japanese comedians from Dacho Club??

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Now Mr Ozawa is back to stage again!

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Mr Maehara fails! MrMaehara fails again! This is definately a good message for today's japan, the most reckless man with the most dangerous idea (stregthening US-Japan allainces) has failed to be the PM of Japan! Asia has just avoided a castasropic conflict between Japan and China! At least for a while!

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Who cares who the PM is? They'll just quit again within a year. Then the country will go through this massive idiocy all over again. The Japanese government is the laughing stock of the world, as it should be.

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Let us sweat together for the sake of the people

Couldn't have scripted that comment better myself.

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"I am glad that Noda will become the next Prime Minister. He is the opponent to "the Rights of Foreigners to Vote (外国人参政権)" what the Democratic Party stated on their Manifesto. He is better than other Candidates who are traitors and want to make the Rights to Bill in future. No Gaijins are allowed to run this country's politics!" Mr. Moderator, this is a bit worse than the comments you have removed that I have posted!!! lol Let's see if I can get one removed again...maybe if gaijin ran your country, nippawn, you would not be the laughing stock of the world!

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The BBC are even taking the piss on the fact this is the 6th guy in 5 years. They also made a comment on Ozawa's regime which made me laugh. Japan, the laughing stock of world politics...

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The smart powers within the DPJ want to save Maehara as a pinch hitter. He's popular with the public, and since this is not election season it would be a waste to have such a decisive player at this time. He'll be the DPJ's choice when the next election comes, or is forced.

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DPJ's third Prime Minister since they were entrusted with running the country in September 2009, Noda will be the end of the Democratic Party's reign.

This new Prime Minister is all about tax hikes -- "to improve the nation's deteriorating public finances and to reconstruct disaster-hit areas", as he has said on national tv. 

Expect the consumption tax to at least double to 10% before elections next year and expect him to be forced out because of it. Typical fall-guy for what none of those so-called politicians want to implement (it's political suicide) but what most Japanese know really needs to be done.

His stance to reduce the nation's dependence on nuclear power will not be enough to save Minshuto and the LDP will be back before Ozawa has the chance to clear his name (impossible?) to have a go at it himself. 

Truly a sad state of affairs...

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All this next muppet has been brought in for is to raise the consumption tax. Once he's done the dirty deed he'll leg it, too. It's all too transparent, surely any tom, dick or harry can see that this that!?

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@the office:

Interesting view, but I doubt if Noda will raise taxes that fast. The DPJ doesn't want to give that card up too fast. Noda's just a temporary bandage.

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Hiko, I agree completely with your views on Noda. Being the most outspoken proponent of taxing the people even more, he (I suspect) will ram through his beloved 10% shouhizei and then be discarded, but with his tax hike intact. If I were a Japanese voter I would feel so powerless on this issue -- politicians just keep repeating the sales tax hike talk one after another until the public accepts it as shouganai despite there being no essential connection between consumption (particularly of essential non-luxury goods and services) and the things he wants to fund.

Consumption taxes hurt the poor and middle classes the most. They have to spend the greatest percentage of their incomes, and younger voters in particular have big expenses coming up in the next few years. If these politicians really wanted people to have more kids, as they profess to, they'd stop pursuing policies that are an inimical as possible to child-raising. Instead, they expect cash-strapped, job-strapped younger folks to keep no lining the pockets of the baby boomers and their seniors.

Japan's "silver tyranny" has taken another step forward with Noda. This nation desperately needs a tax revolt.

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The BBC are even taking the piss on the fact this is the 6th guy in 5 years.

That's rich, the BBC should take a look at their broken, poverty and riot-stricken nation before they take the piss out of anyone else.

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Oginome The BBC is right. Plus British PM's do not revolve in and out as fast as Japan PM's. Decision can't be made with this government.

broken, poverty and riot-stricken nation Far from Broken. Japan is closer down that road than you can admit. Poverty? We are getting there with less than talented politicians who keep coming in and out the door to supposedly lead the country. sic Riot-stricken? ONCE!

Develop thicker skin Oginome. Japan is a ship going down and I hate to admit it. I want this country to do so much better, but that can't happen with the shoddy government figures who rule this country. Nothing gets fixed because no one has the power to fix anything except one criminal who decides to get rid of one PM after the other. Ozawa didn't like Kan, nor Hatoyama or anyone else. Politicians here put self before country in the name of the country. Simple problems that can be fixed, go unfixed because it wouldn't be good for their parties. The U.S. has the same problem.

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broken, poverty and riot-stricken nation

Far from Broken. Japan is closer down that road than you can admit. Poverty? We are getting there with less than talented politicians who keep coming in and out the door to supposedly lead the country. sic Riot-stricken? ONCE!

I wish Japan had leaders as good as the ones in the U.K. Plus, anyone who thinks that Noda will stay for long has been drinking way too much sake. Ozawa does not like him so he will be gone soon just like Kan. This country will do so much better for itself when these things happen:

Ozawa let's go of his vice-grip on Japanese politics. Diet Members stop trying to shout down whoever is speaking at the podium. (childish) Stop cow walking when they have to vote for something that their party is against but does not have enough votes to stop it. (childish) Diet Members wake up during sessions. (incompetent) Diet Members work together and forget party politics. ( That will never happen ) They raise the consumption tax considerably. And the list can go on and on and on and on.

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"lately has been battling a sluggish economy, bulging national debt"

President Obama should be able to give Noda some advice on this, as he has experience in these areas.

Ozawa must be pissed.

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But spend the consumption tax extremely wisely instead of putting of hundreds of hotels across the country that nobody visited and then selling them for five percent of the costs that it took to build and operate them. This guy Noda though is not going to do anything different. He was Finance Minister under Kan. Noda didn't do anything then and and he sure the hell wont now.

NEXT BATTER!!!!!

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Oginome, Japanese debt vs UK debt? Japan's political influence vs Uk's political influence? Nuclear wasteland vs no nuclear wasteland? Revolving door for PMs vs guys that last a few years? Poverty that is ignored vs poverty that is talked about and something trying to be done about it? Sheeple, head in sand vs rioters? Unknown and disrespected TV channel vs respect worldwide channel... Sorry, what were you saying??

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Oginome, Japanese debt vs UK debt? Japan's political influence vs Uk's political influence? Nuclear wasteland vs no nuclear wasteland? Revolving door for PMs vs guys that last a few years? Poverty that is ignored vs poverty that is talked about and something trying to be done about it? Sheeple, head in sand vs rioters? Unknown and disrespected TV channel vs respect worldwide channel... Sorry, what were you saying??

Japan's debt is internal. And... LOL! At what point has the poverty rate in the UK changed for the better at any point over the past decade, despite all the 'talking' that has been about it? Standard of living is much higher in Japan than the UK.

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Internal or not, still larger, no? What has Japan done for its people in poverty? Oh right, nothing. No, that;s not true, TEPCO hired them via dispatch to clean up their mess and then lost track of them... Standard of living by your means. Might want to think about hours worked, holidays, time with kids...

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Is it our fault or Mr. Noda's that you, blamer "gaijins," lost your confidence in this country? Think it over.

Wake up and smell the o-cha, Mr. Chopricana: More than a few blamer nihonjins have lost their confidence in this country.

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Congratulations Mr. Noda, not an easy task though to be the PM at the very moment given loads of challenges ahead..this is what the genuine leaders are for !

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Might want to think about hours worked, holidays, time with kids

And you might want to talk about crime rates, efficiency, personal respect, cleanliness, order. Even poverty is a different kettle of fish in Japan to UK. Crime-ridden areas of urban decay which blight your landscape are almost unheard of in Japan.

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I didn't know that Noda is so good at speech and has an ability to appeal and agitate. He might be in office for two years until the next election for the House of Representatives. Bureaucrats in Kasumigaseki may be relieved. But sales tax hike will not be implemented since the premise for it to be realized is the upturn in the economy which won't come around anyway. With his agitation ability, however, he may make a bid to join TPP as Koizumi made a go of the Postal privatization, both of which are urged by the U.S. And Ozawa seemingly a lost cause will perhaps at least stand in the way of it unless burned out already. But the LDP won't take back power since Noda's agenda is no different from the LDP's (he's also against the foreigners' rights to vote and OK's premiers' visit to Yasukuni). No reason for sweeping none the better old one back into office.

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Just re-arranging the deck chairs. Japan is floundering and beginning to take on water -- fast. Principally due to a completely broken political system led by folks like Ozawa. Ozawa's troops will undoubtably block any attempts by Noda to pass the needed tax increases or other legislation needed to make real change. Just like they did with Kan. Watch for Ozawa to do something bold -- like take his faction out of the DPJ and join the LDP. Which would only add more chaos to the situation. He has nothing to lose, since he is 69, and has now lost two PM elections in a row within the DPJ.

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Amazing how completely ass-backwards people's understanding of Ozawa is in all this. He has had no power since Kan shut him out (the article suggested the reverse of this) and after this, continues to have no power, except for the fact that half the members of the DPJ in the house got their seats in the election campaign he ran that brought DPJ to power and support him as their mentor.

Noda seems happy enough to engage in consensus selling out the DPJ to maintain the capitulation agreement with the DPJ and Soka Gakkai, let's see if he is willing to build consensus within the DPJ and allow disenfranchised members back into the fold with his first cabinet.

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@ ChopriCana - using your logic let me put it to you that a lot more crimes are committed in Japan by Japanese than by foreigners..since your logic is to judge all by the actions of a few....that would mean that Japanese are not # trustworthy # and should have a right to vote removed from them too right?..I mean for the good of the country and all...that way the Nagatacho boys can just do what they want without worrying about peoples votes and opinions right..?...Oh, wait ,.hold on a second.....

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Pardon me, I meant the sellout 3 party agreement with the LDP and SGI. It will be interesting to see if he continues the Kan approach of isolating and alienating the half of the DPJ that follow Ozawa.

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"Noda" is a bit too close to "Noddy" for me. Bet the guy drives around at 20kph in a Nissan March.

Nonetheless, I look forward to reading about his resignation 6 months from now on JT.

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@oginome Watch China closely though. They have a very poor medical system and no benefits for senior citizens. They may be advancing in ways unimaginable and may be heading in the right direction infrastructure wise but they still have a ways to go, including ensuring your safety on their high speed lines. Yes Japan is in some serious trouble but never give up on Japan--never! Japan came back from the war after just 19 short years to build the shinkansen and host the olympics! That's like Iraq having a modern train force and hosting the olympics in say 11 years from now! China is simply sweeping a lot of things under the rug.

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@Tony, Japan Chu-Chu train is losing its steam. Some young boys think a pearcing nose like a cattle. is a hot thing to do.

Ojii-san from nursing home

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Japan is a sad country right now. The DPJ have failed the people. All the politicians have failed the people. I will give this one 6 months at most, then it will be PM Number 7, making Japan even more of a laughing stock on the world stage.

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Many Japanese say taxes eventually need to be raised because of costs of disaster recovery and social welfare for an increasingly aging society.

bullshit. I havent heard anyone ask from a tax increase.

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knowing japan, tax increases will just create more bureaucracy. government needs to look where to cut the budget. taxes will only stop people from spending more and hurt the economy more. they are just too lazy to look at the budget to find out what can be cut and allocate those sources to help the tsunami victims. otherwise they are just gonna raise it, think they are gonna get more money and spend the country bankrupcy

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I don't get it, if they just picked the successor, why is it a "win" your party just decided on it, hardly an election / race / democracy. And if it was a decision made within the party, why would they even announce who's in the running with what promises etc. As if the people within the party does not know your resume / experience / belief / what you are likely capable or incapable of? Why couldn't they have just decided on the successor prior to Kan resigning (he anounced in quite sometime ago, and it took them 3 days to decide who succeeds him WITHIN the party?).

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6th prime minister since 2006-- Does anyone know how many rooms are left in a revolving door to the PM office?

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Every year, Japan's political revolving door spits out a new PM, and Noda vows that the time has come, finally, truly, to reform. But his new proposals probably will get swallowed up in Japan's dysfunctional political system. Noda is the latest political leader to promise a breakthrough. The continous disarry in Japanese politics will make Noda's attempts to reform the economy even more difficult. Time may be running out for Japan. In the industrialized world, Japan is one of the sickest. Japan has debt equivalent to nearly 200% of the country's entire economic output. The problem is, people really don't know what is next. In many ways, Japan's situation might be a glimpse of a future for the U.S. and weak Europe. The Japanese have been struggling with major issues of aging society, a fiscal disaster, weakening competitiveness. Sometimes Japan seems to be on the wrong continent. Everywhere else in Asia, there is a sense that tomorrow will be better than today. Japan once shared Asia's dynamism and mission. Japan's political leadership is paralyzed, its corporate elite befuddled, its people agonized about the future.

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About Ozawa, I thought the guy who won the election was against Ozawa?

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@tmarie

Terrible isn't it? I don't know how you stand it. Still, I hear that there are flights out of here from Narita if you've got the money.... Start saving!

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All readers, back on topic please.

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The DPJ is definately a great leadership, their fast going of PM like 'merry-goes around' is the greatest political miracle in modern democracies! This should be continues to convince the people in asia and many other countries...the politics of democracies was a myth, it just brings a nation to be idle and like brain dead! Now the whole world is betting how long can Mr Noda hang on his post rather than his policies to change Japan!

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I wonder who'll be next?

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When is nod a going to resign this year or next year?

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