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LDP considering grand coalition gov't with Kan's DPJ | Kyodo News

The largest opposition Liberal Democratic Party in a policy shift is considering an idea sounded out by Prime Minister Naoto Kan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan to form a grand coalition government following the calamitous March 11 earthquake and tsunami and ongoing nuclear crisis, LDP lawmakers said Thursday.

Katsuya Okada, the DPJ's No. 2 man who serves as secretary general, also sounded positive the same day about the idea of allowing other parties including the LDP in a new ruling bloc.

The LDP earlier sought to retake power by urging Kan to dissolve the lower house and call a general election but is now seeking to work as the DPJ's coalition partner to prioritize addressing the disaster, the lawmakers told Kyodo News.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Mar 31st, 2011 at 06:54:44 PM EST
Ministers divided over idea of grand coalition gov't with LDP | Kyodo News
The mixed views were presented as the LDP, which initially rejected the idea after being sounded out by the DPJ shortly after the quake, is now reconsidering, according to lawmakers of the party that had long-ruled Japan until being deposed by the DPJ in the 2009 general election.

Farm minister Michihiko Kano expressed his support for the idea, telling reporters that he personally believes such a government can be tolerated in light of the critical situation that Japan is facing.


Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa appeared cautious about the idea, however, saying in his news conference that while it is ''natural for both sides to think together on ways to overcome the crisis, forming a grand coalition for political purposes would not be able to gain public understanding.''

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 1st, 2011 at 06:30:48 AM EST
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