Stuart Loory, Lee Hills Chair in Free-Press Studies, Missouri School of Journalism: Yukio Hatoyama, who will become the next prime minister of Japan in a couple weeks, has never served in a high public office and is not known for being charismatic. He led the untested Democratic Party of Japan to a resounding victory that drove the Liberal Democratic Party from power after more than a half century of rule. His grandfather founded the Liberal Democratic Party, and his father and brother had important positions in it. Hatoyama got his start in the LDP but broke away from it to found the Democratic Party of Japan. His party challenges the way the government runs Japan and challenges the United States’ world leadership. When he published an article detailing that, it created an uproar in Japan and caused great concern in Washington. Hatoyama had a phone conversation with President Barack Obama on Wednesday, saying that he was misinterpreted. What you think the most important changes will be in the way Japan is governed?
New Japanese prime minister changes political dynamics of Asia
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