Over the weekend more than 65, protested in Okinawa, where public anger against the concentration U. Marine was arrested in connection with the death of a local woman in May, and a U. Navy sailor pleaded guilty to raping a Japanese tourist in March. Also on Sunday about 7, Japanese demonstrated in front of the parliament building in Tokyo. In addition to calling for the removal or reduction of the U.
As U.S. midterm elections draw near, majority of Japanese-Americans support Democrats
The U.S.-Japan Alliance and Electoral Politics
The party has generally worked closely with business interests and followed a pro-U. The party largely retained control of the government from the mids, the main exception being the period —12, when the Democratic Party of Japan DPJ was in power. Although the LDP was formally created in , its antecedents can be traced back to political parties of the 19th century. These parties formed before Japan even had a constitution, a parliament, or elections and were primarily protest groups against the government.
House of Representatives on Nov. Asian-American voters on a whole favor Democrats over Republicans by about a two-to-one ratio in both the House and Senate races, with such voters aligning themselves with the Democrats on issues such as health care, racial discrimination, the environment and gun control, the poll shows. But Republicans fare stronger on issues like taxes and national security, as well as jobs and the economy. David Inoue, a leading advocate of civil rights for Japanese-Americans — whose number totaled 1. The survey of 1, registered voters who identify as Asian-American was conducted by telephone and online from Aug.
At the start of , most Americans are transfixed by the least predictable primary season for a U. Security issues are playing a prominent role in electoral politics in the United States at the moment — from the specifics of Iraq and Afghanistan, fighting terrorism, Iran, and Pakistan, among others, to the overarching question of how to restore global confidence in American leadership. Few are pondering Japan. Japan too is likely to hold an election in , and it will almost certainly be shaped by and in turn affect security issues.