Obama; The Conservative Canidate

“Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the newly elected leader of the LDP [Liberal Democratic Party], has attracted particular attention for a number of reasons, not least because of his conservative reputation. It should, of course, come as no surprise that he would take a conservative stance toward China as it has been his policy for many years. And frankly, what would anyone expect? If you are going to run for the leadership of Japan’s conservative party you aren’t going to have much of a chance if you soft-pedal the China issue.” Japan’s conservative party?

As Obama has been taking a conservative stance, at least when it comes to China, does that mean the conservative party in the U.S.A are the Democrats?

Global Public Square

By Bruce Stronach, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Bruce Stronach is dean of Temple University, Japan campus. The views expressed are his own.

Japan’s governing party, the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), and main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), have both held leadership elections this past two weeks. Usually this news would have passed unnoticed in the rest of the world, as does most news about domestic Japanese political parties. But the strains in Chinese-Japanese relations over claims to the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands has made the world pay closer attention.

Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the newly elected leader of the LDP, has attracted particular attention for a number of reasons, not least because of his conservative reputation. It should, of course, come as no surprise that he would take a conservative stance toward China as it has been his policy for many years. And frankly, what would anyone…

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