It was just this side of comical. The leader of the new ruling party of Japan barely finishes acknowledging his Democratic Party of Japan’s landslide win and a public relations disaster strikes. The result: an ignominious international climb-down.

What happened was not an ideal opening act for the next prime minister of the troubled country that boasts the world’s second largest economy, after that of its ally, the United States. It might even have been called a really bad start. So let’s see what went on.

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