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The Democratic Party of Japan’s victories Sunday in two Upper House by-elections indicate Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s new administration is still on its honeymoon since the DPJ’s landslide victory in the Aug. 30 general election.

But Hatoyama’s “conductor-style” oversight of his Cabinet — in stark contrast to DPJ Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa’s “dictatorial” rule in party politics, may pose a future threat for an administration already criticized for its ministers’ individualistic and often conflicting stances on key issues, experts warned.

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