Monday, November 10, 2008

Into a Headwind

Gakushūin professor Sasaki Takeshi, writing on the unexpectedly long-lived First Asō Cabinet in the Tokyo Shimbun:

The American presidential election is over. Senator Obama, who chanted, "Change!" has triumphed.

The financial crisis was the final tailwind pushing his message of "Change." The twists and turns we saw are an omen that the world is entering a once-in-every-20 years cycle of "Change." This election was the warning shot.

As for the Asō Administration, the one thing that is absolutely clear is that it seeks, if nothing else, to tenaciously prevent "Change" from occuring in Japanese politics.

Yep, that sound just about right.

Have a nice trip to the United States, Francisco.

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