The Japanese Prime Minster announced that he will resign 10 minutes ago...
I found the news surfing yahoo.co.jp and told my co-workers, who all couldn't believe it... then we told the students during cleaning time. There's going to be a press conference soon...
I don't know if you guy's realize the impact of this... but it's sort of like President Bush announcing he isn't going to be the president anymore: only Japan lacks the office of "Vice President", so there's no obvious candidate to replace Abe.
Imagine having a president in the morning, then having none come the afternoon O_o;
I'm overjoyed, by the way... Abe was a fantastic neo-conservative idiot.
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Are you sure there's no Deputy Prime Minister?
I just read an article that said he resigned because of his Low popularity ratings and extreme political opposition to his agenda in Afganistan.
And no, Japan's Government is a Constitutional Monarchy. They have an Emporer, but all day to day (All of it really) running of the country is handled by the Country's Parliament.
Other countries with this type of Government include: Canada and Australia (Both hold Queen Elizabeth II as their Monarch)
Abe's Administration is also incredibly corrupt and multiple members have been involved in high profile money-laundering crimes, scandals, and a few have resigned before him (one committed suicide).
The job isn't exactly "decorative", but there are upper and lower houses of Parliment who the Prime Minister has to go through in order to make policy. He lost the upper house in the recent elections... but his party still controls the lower house: the house that will choose the new Prime Minister.
This means we're getting rid of Abe... but whoever we do get is likely to also be a nationalist with goals similar to Abe's ~_~;
Okay aceman take it easy. I didn't say it in so many worlds but I was actually referring to anyone that comes into contact or having dealings with the W seems to have the need to "step down".
Blair stepped down because of low popularity and why was that because of the W.
The world may not revolve around it, but that doesn't mean the US isn't a big part of it.
Anyway Ugh, that sounds like lovely goings on over there. Don't you wish you lived back over here, where the main point of focus is how awful Britney was at the VMAs?
*throws up a little*
Last edited by Mechazawa; Sep 11, 2007 at 11:35 PM.
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In all honesty, I think Article 9 in japan's constitution should be amended.
While my grandfather served in the Pacific Theater during World War II (He was at Perl Harbor, served at Midway and Iwo Jima), its been over 60 years, and in today's world, Japan should stand on its own feet.
I agree too. that law needs to be amended. I just hate it when the US tries to keep of everything.
A major political figure was recently forced to step down after public outcry following a statement that implied the US bombing of Hiroshima was "justified".
The segment about the entire Japanese "Greater East Asia Expansion" (spanning 2 decades) is 4 pages long in Junior High history books and refers to Nanking as "an incident". The section on Hiroshima (1 day) is 12 pages long (it also covers 6 pages of their English textbook and 7 in their Japanese textbook).
Repealing Article 9 entirely is potentially INCREDIBLY dangerous... especially considering the tensions between Japan, North Korea and China. If Japan were allowed to hold an offensive arsenal: they easily have the capacity to develop nuclear weapons... do we really want more of those in the world?
Very little has actually changed since before WWII... some political groups actually still fly the rising sun battleflag.
It may be true that Japan needs MORE power over it's defense... but I don't think a nationalist group is who we need to oversee that development.