06/08/2010 02:29 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

How The Obama Administration Helped Topple Japan's Prime Minister

Japan has a new prime minister, Naoto Kan, but he comes from the same party--the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ)--as Yukio Hatoyama, who resigned last Wednesday. He will almost surely want to continue Hatoyama's policies of strengthening Japan's political democracy and forging an independent foreign policy that is allied with the United States, but not subordinate to it.

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