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Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Tokyo: Who are you rooting for in the Democratic Party of Japan's leadership election?

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Aya Yokoi
Mother, 33
(Japanese)
I want (Prime Minister Naoto) Kan to win the election. I don't think it's good for the DPJ to change leader so often. (Ichiro) Ozawa is a symbol of the typical Liberal Democratic Party politician, but Kan seems to be a different breed.

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Hiroshi Taniguchi
IT, 30
(Ecuadorean)
I like Ozawa because of his decision-making skills. If he gets in, there is a chance that the problems surrounding Okinawa and (the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps. Air Station) Futenma will be resolved.

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Eitaro Kusuyama
Restaurateur, 34
(Japanese)
Both Kan and Ozawa eat in my restaurant so I am a little reluctant to answer, but I think Ozawa is likely to win because he is an exceptional politician.

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Yuiko Fujimori
Office worker, 32
(Japanese)
I would like to see Ozawa win because I think that if he wins there is a real chance that the DPJ will implement change in Japan.

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Alex Wright
Teacher, 24
(American)
While I don't know a lot about Japanese politics, I hope that Kan wins the election because from what I have heard, Ichiro Ozawa is a little shady.

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Akiko O
IT, "around 30"
(Japanese)
I don't really care, but I think that I would like Kan to win because Ozawa has done some bad stuff. It doesn't seem like anything changes no matter who is in power though.



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