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    Default questions about the latest elections

    I know there are people living in Japan who may be able to answer this.

    What is a "Liberal Democrat" in Japan compared to what we in the USA call a "Liberal Democrat". Here they are Marxists and socialists.

    Is the new government expected to bring a push for more socialism in Japan? Will they move more towards what we here consider to the "right"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dengle View Post
    I know there are people living in Japan who may be able to answer this.

    What is a "Liberal Democrat" in Japan compared to what we in the USA call a "Liberal Democrat". Here they are Marxists and socialists.

    Is the new government expected to bring a push for more socialism in Japan? Will they move more towards what we here consider to the "right"?
    The Liberal Democratic party is neither liberal nor democratic. Like all other parties it's a very loose collection of 8-10 small cliques who call themselves a political party. Japanese politics are only about money and how it's distributed. The current election is merely a card shuffle of who gets his photo taken as 'Prime Minister' Nothing else changes. If you really want to understand Japan I recommend 'The Enigma of Japanese Power: People and Politics in a Stateless Nation' by Karel Van Wolferen

    http://www.amazon.com/Enigma-Japanes.../dp/0679728023
    Last edited by jfkcotter; 30th August 2009 at 23:09.
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    In most countries outside of the UK and USA, "Liberal" is actually Conservative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maro View Post
    In most countries outside of the UK and USA, "Liberal" is actually Conservative.
    That's what I was starting to think. Thanks for clearing that up.
    don engle

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    No Worries ; )
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