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From Japan Today:
Aso elected LDP president
Monday 22nd September, 03:05 PM JST
Former Foreign Minister Taro Aso won the Liberal Democratic Party’s presidential election Monday to succeed unpopular Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, reflecting hope in the LDP that his strong name recognition will bring victory in a House of Representatives election widely expected to be called soon.
Aso, a 68-year-old outspoken hawk who was making his fourth bid for the LDP presidency, took 351 of the 527 votes in a landslide victory, defeating his four rivals following a 12-day campaign which centered on such issues as how to shore up Japan’s flagging economy amid global financial turmoil.
Aso will be chosen as Japan’s new prime minister in parliament Wednesday, given the LDP’s majority in the lower house, which has the final say in choosing the country’s leader. …
The next prime minister will face mounting pressure to renew the LDP’s mandate by calling snap lower house elections. Speculation is rampant that the balloting could come as soon as next month.
The disarray at the top of the government is raising worries about how the country will handle its economic troubles. Inflation is up and growth has stalled, effectively ending a lengthy period of expansion. …
Koizumi’s nationalist successor, Shinzo Abe, quit after only a year amid scandals and his own health troubles. The dour Fukuda, considered at first an experienced hand, has failed to energize the party or draw voter interest.
Aso, however, is likely to make headlines from day one.
He has riled Beijing by calling China a military threat, angered Asians by claiming that Taiwan’s educational success is rooted in Japanese wartime colonial policies, and compared Japan’s opposition party to the Nazis.
Considering Mr Aso’s own defense of the Japanese World War II government, allies of Hitler, he himself appears to be rather closer to the nazis.
By the way, “Aso” in the Dutch language is an abbreviation of “anti social person”.
According to Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad (translated):
Aso studied economics and led the family corporation Aso Cement and other corporations, before becoming a politician in 1979, with a career in the LDP in parliament and various government posts.
This business has a remarkable wartime past. In the mines of Aso Cement during World War II, three hundred allied prisoners of war are said to have worked, including Dutch people. Apologies for this have never been made.
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