Japan Elections

  • Yukio Hatoyama elected PM of Japan September 16, 2009

    Tokyo: One-time opposition leader Yukio Hatoyama was elected Japan's Prime Minister on Wednesday by Parliament, ushering in a sea change in Japanese politics. Both chambers of the Diet selected the 62-year-old self-proclaimed reformer after his Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) won a landslide victory in August 30 parliamentary elections, trouncing the...
  • No honeymoon period for Japan's next leader August 31, 2009

    Tokyo: Japan's next leader, Yukio Hatoyama, began talks on Monday on forming a government to tackle challenges such as record unemployment and a fast-ageing society after voters gave his party a sweeping mandate for change. Sunday's historic election win by the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) breaks a deadlock in parliament...
  • Japan ruling party set to lose power after 54 years August 30, 2009

    Tokyo: Japan's opposition party won historic elections in an apparent landslide on Sunday, media projections said, sending the conservatives to defeat after 54 years of nearly unbroken rule amid widespread economic anxiety and desire for change. The left-of-center Democratic Party of Japan was set to win 300 or more of the...