Under the Radar 08.12.11

Posted on Monday, August 15, 2011 by L.C. Russell Hsiao

A weekly compilation of underreported events in Asia.

  • With recent opinion surveys showing that public approval rating for Japan’s PM Naoto Kan's Cabinet had dropped below 20 percent, PM Kan reconfirmed his intention to step down. If Kan officially announces his resignation at the end of the current Diet session, the presidential election may be held in early September.
  • The People First Party (PFP) in Taiwan announced that the political party will run at least 10 candidates in the legislative elections in February 2012. The PFP is part of a coalition (pan-Blue) that include the Kuomintang (KMT), the current ruling party. The announcement has led some political observers to speculate that there may be a split in the pan-Blue tickets in the upcoming legislative and presidential elections.

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