Japan's ruling party loses key election as public's faith wanes

16:53, July 12, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 



Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who is also head of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), attends a press conference at the party election campaign headquarters in Tokyo on July 11, 2010. Japan's ruling coalition, headed by DPJ, is certain to lose the majority of seats in the upper house in Sunday's election. The opposition camp, led by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), secured more than half of the 121 seats up for grabs. (Xinhua/Ji Chunpeng)

The ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) on Monday suffered a crushing loss in the upper house election held on Sunday, its first national election since last year's change of government.

Quite apart from failing to reach their pre-election target of 54 upper house seats, the beleaguered DPJ actually won fewer seats than their closest rivals the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), in a defeat that few could have foreseen just a matter of weeks ago.

Having no majority and no obvious path to a coalition, the result leaves the DPJ in a thorny position, with their ability to oversee the nation's fiscal reform, clearly hindered.

Assessing the underlying reasons for the reverse, Prime Minister Naoto Kan admitted that his comments about consumption tax in the build up to the election had been "careless," and the nation' leader now faces major issues of legislative deadlock when it comes to trying to pass new bills.

Despite the prime minister frankly admitting his shortcomings on Monday, he insisted that rather than stepping down, he would work even harder to secure cooperation from other parties and try to avoid a possible political stalemate.

Japan's upper house elections are usually a good indication of a leader's ability to build a stable government and it is not unknown for an embarrassing defeat to bring about a change in leadership. As recently as the last House of Councilors election in 2007, Shinzo Abe quit his post as the head of government after a crushing loss.


【1】 【2】 【3】 【4】

(Editor:张茜)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • On Sept. 28, tourists travel around the Mingshashan Scenic Area in Dunhuang, Gansu province by camel. With the National Day vacation right around the corner, more and more tourists from home and abroad are going to Dunhuang. Riding on a camel, they travel in the desert to enjoy the cities rare form of natural scenery. (Xinhua/Zhang Weixian)
  • Chinese forest armed forces work together with forest firefighters on Sept. 28. (Xinhua/Chai Liren)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows strong wind blows trees in Sanya, south China's Hainan Province. Typhoon Nesat heads towards south China and is moving at an average wind speed of 20 km per hour toward the west coast of China's Guangdong Province. (Xinhua/Hou Jiansen)
  • A fallen tree is seen on a road in Qionghai, south China's Hainan Province, Sept. 29, 2011. Typhoon Nesat was predicted to land in Hainan later Thursday, bringing heavy rainfalls to the island. (Xinhua/Meng Zhongde)
  • Arash Kamalvand (L) of Iran spikes the ball during the semifinal against South Korea at the 16th Asian Men's Volleyball Championship in Tehran, Iran, Sept. 28, 2011. Iran won 3-1 to advance to the final. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz)
  • A man visits "Thy Word Is Truth, the Bible Ministry Exhibition of the Protestant Church in China", during its opening at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington DC, capital of the United States, Sept. 28, 2011. Through the Bible's various Chinese versions, ancient or modern, as well as pictures, paintings, calligraphy, art works and historical documents, the exhibition was expected to give an overall understanding of how Bible was brought into China, how it was translated, published, distributed and loved. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)
Hot Forum Discussion