Japan: Political Upheaval Shows Promise for Nuclear Power, Reconstruction

“...once the election was over in Russia, and Putin came in with a solid position, then they began to sing the song that they wanted to sing. And the China situation has changed, the Japan situation has conspicuously changed on the question of getting the nuclear plants back into function. All of these things are part of the same pattern.”

--Lyndon LaRouche, discussion with associates on July 7, 2012

A split-off of a populist faction in the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), and a functional alliance between a faction of the opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) -- which ruled Japan almost continuously since WWII until the Democratic victory in the 2009 elections -- has appeared. The issues of the split are significant.

Ichiro Ozawa, once the leader of the DPJ -- but replaced when he was investigated for corruption -- led the walk-out of about 50 members of the party over a rise in sales taxes and opposition to the return to nuclear power. While regressive sales taxes are not particularly useful for an economy, the issue was how to fund the massive reconstruction required after the devestating tsunami of April 2011. The green-leaning populists (of both major parties) opposed the tax in favor of austerity conditions and smaller growth, along with the green program for suicide by eliminating or greatly reducing the nation's dependence on nuclear power. Ozawa is forming a new party, but has little support.

The Noda government was very slow to assert its commitment to reviving the nuclear power sector but is now strongly pushing for a broad revival -- the first two plants, out of the 50 plants nationally, all of which were closed in the months following the tsunami, were re-opened this month.

Pro-nuclear Governor Yuichiro Ito of Kagoshima prefecture, Japan, won a new term by 2-to-1 on Sunday. Elections, even after Fukushima, consistently show that Japan rejects the anti-nuclear insanity and, instead, votes for jobs and a future.

A knowledgable source in Japan told EIR that the pro-growth factions of the DPJ and LDP are now on a much stronger footing, and cooperating in the restoration of growth and government-directed credit, as was the policy in Japan in the decades following WWII, under the influence of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who headed the post-war occupation. The source is also spreading the word in Japan on the London shift regarding Glass Steagall, pushing for similar actions in Tokyo.

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