Japan Politics

December 14, 2012 - 1:33 AM
In this Dec. 4, 2012 photo, Japan Restoration Party acting leader Toru Hashimoto waves at his party supporters during his parliamentary elections campaign in Osaka, western Japan. The buzz over Japan’s parliamentary elections this Sunday, Dec. 16, has been all about “the third force” - a clear sign of the prevailing disenchantment over both the party that ruled for decades after World War II and the rival party that took over in 2009. The new party with the most momentum, and one that could be part of the coalition government, is the Japan Restoration Party, led by Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara and Osaka Mayor Hashimoto, pushing for a more assertive Japan and capable of flexing its military muscle in territorial disputes with China. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, FRANCE, HONG KONG, JAPAN AND SOUTH KOREA