Obama and McCain hope to jump-start the economy, but their plans clearly differ.
The Shenzhou 7 launches Thursday in an era of global space cooperation.
But Russia, Brazil, and China are expected to have the cash and domestic growth to weather the storm.
He also singles out Iran's pursuit of a nuclear program as endangering international security.
As a popular politician, Olympian, and fan of manga comics, Taro Aso contrasts sharply with the lackluster former prime minister, whose shoes he is likely to fill on Wednesday.
The government is giving families free care but may ban legal action over contaminated formula, which has affected more than 50,000 babies.