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Ellis Krauss on Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara's Resignation

Is right way the wrong way?

Wang Zhaokun, Global Times

Shintaro Ishihara, who formally stepped down as Tokyo governor last week and announced his plan to form a new political party, met Saturday with Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto to discuss how this new party might cooperate with Hashimoto's Japan Restoration Party in the next general election.

The meeting between Ishihara and Hashimoto, both known for their ultra-nationalist views, came as the ghost of a snap general election looms large. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is widely expected to call for an election before the end of the year.

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Ellis Krauss is a leading expert on Japanese politics, U.S.-Japan relations, and Japan's political economy. In 2010 Cornell University Press will publish his latest book, co-authored with Robert Pekkanen of the University of Washington, The Rise and Fall of Japan's LDP: Political Party Organizations as Institutions.

He can provide commentary on domestic politics in Japan, the Japanese mass media, U.S.-Japan relations and Japan's foreign policy and role in Asia.

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