Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Reuters: Japanese voters ready for a Tea Party

(Reuters) - A maverick politician's re-election as mayor in the central Japanese city of Nagoya sends a U.S. Tea Party-like message of contempt for the ruling party less than two years after it took power with pledges of sweeping change.

The ruling Democratic Party of Japan's DPJ.L defeat in Nagoya and a governor race the same day portends a thrashing in a string of local polls in April, only making it harder for unpopular Prime Minister Naoto Kan to implement a workable budget and craft tax reforms to curb massive public debt.