DPJ leader guest-blogs on HuffPo
So guess who decided to guest-blog on The Huffington Post?
None other than the current leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, Yukio Hatoyama.
A bit of a 3-paragraph tangent: Japanese political parties are banned from using any electronic communication to campaign or ask for donations. Since this includes Ron Paul and OFA-style Internet campaigns, the young campaign members of the DPJ are stuck with handing out fliers (usually in tissue packets, I think) at train stations and other gathering places. One good side to the electronic ban, off the top of my head, is that no one in Japan is (legally) bombarded with political robo-calls.
Some analysts are anticipating a major blow, if not electoral defeat, of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (why they didn't pick "neoliberal" or "conservative" for their party, I'll never know), so Hatoyama has some tough cojones to put a party statement online. As he's not endorsing particular candidates or parties, I don't think it'll count as campaigning, though.
Hatoyama isn't necessarily a gifted speaker or debater-- he's about as skilled as maybe Barney Frank in parliamentary rebuttal, only he doesn't lose his cool easily and manages to remain articulate, if a bit bland. He did put those skills to great use against Prime Minister Taro Aso, who evidently has the rhetorical skills of... Sarah Palin. I wish I were kidding.
A disclaimer: I haven't read the entire blog yet (it could be a protectionist rant from the looks of it), so I don't necessarily agree with Hatoyama's ideology here.