Cautious welcome for Japan`s new government
Japanese media gave a guarded welcome on Wednesday to PM Naoto Kan`s new govt.
Tokyo: Japanese media gave a guarded
welcome on Wednesday to Prime Minister Naoto Kan`s new government, which took office weeks before key elections pledging to
reinvigorate the world`s second-largest economy.
A sense of cautious optimism greeted Japan`s new
centre-left leadership a day after Kan unveiled his cabinet
and vowed to create a "vigorous country", restore its public
finances and mend strained US relations.
The media has until now praised the 63-year-old`s
humble beginnings as the "son of a salaryman" and drawn a
contrast with the privileged background of his predecessor
Yukio Hatoyama, the millionaire grandson of a Prime Minister.
But the press warned Wednesday that Japan`s fifth
premier in four years needed to match words with action and
restore credibility to Japan`s recent merry-go-round of
governance that some fear has eroded its standing.
"We hope that the prime minister will show, through
his actions, his resolve to break away from `escapism
politics` of avoiding decisions on serious issues," the Nikkei
business daily said in its editorial.
While the elevation of Kan to the top post has
created a surge in popularity for the Democratic Party of
Japan (DPJ), editorials warned that the government now needed
to issue detailed policy responses to Japan`s challenges.