Americans should take note of the DPJ victory and its leader, Yukio Hatoyama. Hatoyama's own New York Times op-ed piece begins with bashing globalization and the United States while calling for a greater "integration" towards East Asia. What this translates to is Japan, for the time being, will seek to foster relations with the People's Republic of China that are less wary of the Communists and ignore American interests. A few years ago, the DPJ greatly harmed Operation Enduring Freedom by limiting the role of Japan's ships in refueling American transports heading to Pakistan. Expect more difficulties coming from Tokyo in the future.
More in-depth coverage of the domestic-side of Japan's election can be found at the always great Coming Anarchy blog. That blog will also be covering developments between the new DPJ Japan and the rest of the world.