There is, however, a China factor in Japanese domestic politics as well. The Chinese are not too pleased with Koizumi who has refused to go the whole hog in admitting Japanese guilt for World War Two atrocities in China. But inside Japan, there is growing public opinion in favour of a more conciliatory approach towards China; and the LDP rebels are hopeful of exploiting this feeling. They have been careful to maintain equidistance between the LDP and the DPJ and are hoping to win a sufficient number of seats to play the role of kingmakers after the elections...
Source: IIPM Editorial
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