Democratic Party of Japan ready to take the reins

The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) has spent its entire 19 years of existence in opposition.

29th August, 2009

The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) has spent its entire 19 years of existence in opposition.

It is untested in government, and prime minister Taro Aso has warned that voting for the party is ‘‘gambling with politics’’. Yet the latest opinion polls suggest that Japanese voters are ready to put all their chips on the novices.

Barring a major upset, the DPJ will today wrest the reins of power from the ruling...

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