Japan’s outgoing PM apologises for LDP`s defeat

Last Updated: Friday, September 4, 2009 - 15:49

Tokyo: Japan’s outgoing prime minister Taro Aso on visited dozens of industry and other organisations in Tokyo, offering his apologies for his Liberal Democratic Party`s crushing defeat in Sunday`s general election.
"I`m sorry for my lack of capability," Aso said each time he stopped by at around 20 organisations yesterday whose support in the election the LDP had sought, including the
Japan Business Federation.

But the tour was not simply for apologising, as Aso stressed at the same time the importance of rebuilding the LDP, whose almost unbroken rule spanning more than five
decades is to end shortly.

"We will revive the LDP with an eye on the House of Councillors election next year," Aso said at the National Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations.

He also touched on the policy of the Democratic Party of Japan, which defeated the LDP in the election, to eradicate wasteful public works projects, and said, "It will not be easy to modify the budget at this point."

On Sunday, the DPJ wrested power from the LDP by securing 308 seats in the 480-seat lower house.

"It is a great pity that we lost," a disappointed Aso told Yoshihito Karasawa, head of a political organisation under the Japan Medical Association.

Bureau Report



First Published: Friday, September 4, 2009 - 15:49

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