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Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Tokyo: What are your thoughts on the U.S. midterm election results?

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Norman Woo
Financial controller, 27 (American)
For California, we felt disappointed. The House is represented by the Republicans now, and it seems like the controlling parties are going to be clashing, so it's going to raise a lot of conflict.

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Steven Kotz
Retired, 63 (American)
A disaster. Well, I'm from California, which is very different from the rest of the country, but I think it will be obviously harder for the president to get anything through Congress now.

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Tomomi Tanabe
Sales, 23 (Japanese)
The U.S. has the same sort of economic problems as Japan. This result is bad, in my opinion. We put a lot of importance on change when we experience trouble, but too much change can be a bad thing.

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Dan Schuman
NGO worker, 40 (American)
There is a massive cognitive dissonance between conditions on the ground and the poll results. I'm not angry per se, but I wish people would take the long view when it comes to the economy and politics.

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Sue Kriebiel
Retired, 52 (British)
I'm British, and I'm just wondering how it's going to affect our economy as well. So we will see. But I've noticed how Mr. Obama seems to have gone very gray in the last year. Very gray.

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Robbie Bowen
Sales and marketing, 31 (American)
America was better off in the '90s with a Republican Congress and a Democratic president than either time this past decade that one party has controlled both the legislative and executive branches.



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