September 24, 2008

WE ALMOST HAVE TO ELECT McCAIN/PALIN...:

Japan's new PM vows to revive ailing economy (JOSEPH COLEMAN, 9/24/08, AP)

Outspoken conservative Taro Aso took power as Japan's prime minister Wednesday, promising "emergency measures" to revive the ailing economy and vowing to keep Tokyo in the fight against global terrorism. [...]

Aso announced no details, but he has backed using fiscal spending to stave off a deep recession, and said he would not consider raising the 5 percent consumption tax for at least three years.

The right-leaning political blueblood - his grandfather was a prominent postwar prime minister - also said he would push to extend Japan's maritime anti-terror mission in the Indian Ocean, despite the opposition's attempts to block it.

"The mission is not for Afghanistan, the U.S. or for Pakistan, but it's a responsibility as a member of the international community to fight against terrorism," Aso said. "We must continue the mission by all means."

Aso, Japan's first Catholic leader, will lead a country wracked by political divisions and spiking concerns over the economy, which has stalled amid the ballooning financial crisis in the United States.


...just so that our president isn't the liberal sore thumb when the conservative leaders of the West gather.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 24, 2008 8:06 AM
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