On the TV

31 Aug

At the moment, all that is on the TV in Japan is either the 台風 (typhoon) that is hitting the Tokyo area today, and the national election results.

Tokyo is in the path of the approaching typhoon.

Tokyo is in the path of the approaching typhoon.

Be careful if you’re on the east coast of Japan and you have to go out today.
The weather will be bad all day today, but it’s forecast to be nice tomorrow (normally, after a typhoon passes the sky is very clear).

Regarding Japan’s election today, the results are still not all in yet, but it’s winding down and the 民主党 (Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ)) is winning in a landslide.
This is an upset victory because the 自由民主党 (Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)) has won nearly every national election in Japan since the end of WWII. The current Japanese Prime Minister (Taro Asou) is the president of the LDP.

The next Prime Minister of Japan will more than likely be 鳩山由紀夫 (Yukio Hatoyama).

鳩山由紀夫 (Yuki Hatoyama)

鳩山由紀夫 (Yuki Hatoyama)

2 Responses to “On the TV”

  1. tokyo5 August 31, 2009 at 1:57 pm #

    The TV news was talking about the new Japanese Prime Minister (Hatoyama), and they said that his maternal grandfather was the founder of the Bridgestone company (Shojiro Ishibashi).

    I mentioned in an earlier post (Click here) that Bridgestone got it’s name from it’s founder’s name 「石橋」 (Ishibashi) which translates to “Stone Bridge”…and then was reversed to “Bridgestone”.


  2. tokyo5 August 31, 2009 at 12:25 pm #

    The 「民主党」 (DPJ) won the election and Japan’s new Prime Minister is 「鳩山由紀夫」 (Yukio Hatoyama).

    The U.S. White House made this statement regarding Japan’s election:

    The people of Japan have participated in an historic election in one of the world’s leading democracies.
    As a close friend and ally, the United States awaits the formation of a new Japanese government.
    President Obama looks forward to working closely with the new Japanese prime minister on a broad range of global, regional and bilateral issues, that the strong U.S.-Japan alliance and the close partnership between our two countries will continue to flourish under the leadership of the next government in Tokyo.

    And it’s been raining really hard with strong winds here in Tokyo since last night due to the typhoon.


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