Thursday, December 13, 2012

Japan's elections on the 16th will most likely result in the conservative party's undisputed victory, led by the head of the party Shinzo Abe. Shinzo Abe is the poster boy for Japanese extremism, and consequently is an unwelcomed maverick in the eyes of the international community. His grandfather, ex-prime minister Nobusuke, was a grade-A war criminal during WWII. Abe became the youngest prime minister in 2006, but had to relieve his seat due to his extremist views and proclamations. He was keeping low profile until now, sweeping the conservative party by storm, taking its leader seat. His views on Japan's defense policy, Dokdo, Diaoyu Dao, Kuril Islands territorial dispute are all extreme and aggressive, sparking conflict with nearby countries like China and Korea. This will likely yield in future dispute and disrupt any sorts of relational advancement between these countries.

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