...that Noda Yoshihiko may not be out of the race for the post of leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, as I a week ago predicted he was. Indeed, this morning's Tokyo Shimbun showed Maehara and Noda neck and neck behind Kaieda Banri, with each of the two "mainstream" candidates being able to count upon about 50 solid votes (ja).
Still I think that Noda's well publicized stance (en) on the Class A war criminals is so certain to cause havoc in Japan's relations with its close physical neighbors that Noda cannot be the next prime minister.
The decision making processes of Nagata-cho are insular but they are not necessarily stupid.
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