The Democratic Party of Japan, which suffered a devastating defeat in the Dec. 16 Lower House election, is in the throes of a crisis characterized by apathy and loss of direction. Its Lower House seats dwindled from the pre-election 230 to 57. Eight members of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda lost seats.

The DPJ still managed to be the No. 1 opposition party. As such, it should remember that it has an important duty to check the excesses of the next government of the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito.

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