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Hatoyama's op-ed at NYT and WSJ's editorial on Hatoyama

Hatoyama's op-ed at NYT and WSJ's editorial on Hatoyama. News at NPR.

A few thoughts are in order. 

First, he has been promoting government interference with social organization by means of his fraternity gesture.  Certainly, as we all know, government directly deals with politics (by powers) as well as with economy (by money), and so indirectly with society.  However, I believe that Hatoyama takes seriously his government's interference with society preaching and promoting fraternity (brotherhood and sisterhood spirit).  In this sense, his government might have "totalitarian" nature in the sense that it tries to cover all areas of human behaviors.  I hope his government will leave us alone socially.  I'm afraid that he will cross the line between the public and the private, as previously demonstrated by his financial account affairs.  He is rather conservative than progressive.
Second, he will try to maintain agriculture and local communities under the banner of fraternity, while he wants Japan to integrate with Asia economically.  These two goals may contradict because about 30% of Japan's imports of agricultural products is currently from China, Australia, and Thailand combined (Figure).  The more integrated with diverse Asia, the more agricultural imports from Asian nations, logically.  So, the two goals are in trade-off.  he has not thought through the implications of his two goals.
Third and last, having pointed out the two big problems above, I hope we can experiment the two party system in Japan.  I'm interested especially in how losers will behave after the election.  If they work constructively, we will have a healthier democracy.  The winner, for sure, will try to dictate and preach.  I hope the losers will fight back with solid logic rather than emotions such as fears. 

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