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Par for the course, the politics of the situation is completely ignored.  The finance ministry decides this, and it is done.  Bull.  The Japanese government is still torn over the last election, which brought about a divided government with one party controlling the upper house, and another the lower house and thus the government.  Given the one-party-state nature of recent Japanese political history, this has not been a very cozy situation.

While it's possible that some sort of agreement between the two parties has been reached for this, it doesn't seem too likely.  I haven't been paying too much attention over the past few weeks, though, so I could be wrong.

by Zwackus on Thu Dec 27th, 2007 at 12:14:00 PM EST
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