Watching for Japan's new foreign policy

What should Canadians make of the dramatic election victory in Japan by the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and the sweeping aside of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) which had ruled the country, except for 11 months, since 1955? In particular, what impact will this new government have on Japan's relations abroad, specifically its international foreign policy commitments and approaches to issues such as Afghanistan? It would seem unlikely that we will see a dramatic policy shift despite its longstanding position to seek greater independence from the United States.

Bryon Wilfert
Published: Wednesday, 09/09/2009 12:00 am EDT

What should Canadians make of the dramatic election victory in Japan by the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and the sweeping aside of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) which had ruled the country, except for 11 months, since 1955?

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