The Election Results Are In!

The Democratic Party of Japan has won an impressive electoral victory over the Liberal Democratic Party, which, despite its name, is the more conservative of the two parties. The DPJ is promising new social programs and a re-thinking of Japan's relationship with the US. We shall see.

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Interesting stuff.

Portland has a consulate?

I assume they mean the Japanese consulate, although I suppose it's possible that the Pacific Northwest finally declared independence but the Mets were playing that day so the Long Island Newsday didn't cover it.

I've heard the Hanshin Tigers described as the Red Sox of Japan.

I always wondered if he was said,"Oh flip!" after he learned the war had been over for almost 30 years.

The Baron said:

From what I've read, he did feel a bit of a fool.

They were talking a bit about it on the radio. They said that he still had his uniform and he kept his rifle in working condition. If that is true, I find that pretty impressive.

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