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The Oct. 29 front-page article “Declining Japan loses once-hopeful champions” must be seen partially as U.S.-style debunking of the Democratic Party of Japan for being less servile to the United States than the Liberal Democratic Party had been when it was in power.

Notwithstanding the Socialist Party’s departure from the coalition over the DPJ’s caving in to the U.S. on its promises to Okinawa, the DPJ is a bit less servile within the scope of the lingering “occupation” of Japan, at least of Okinawa, by the U.S. armed forces.

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