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Japan To Have Diet Elections 12/16, LDP To Win

Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:11 am

Well Yoshihiko Noda decided to dissolve the Parliament this weekend, as a result of the huge slide in the government approval of the ruling DPJ.
Polls are showing that the Liberal Democratic party are going to regain their rule they lost 3 years ago. Former PM Shinzo Abe is slated to become the 7th prime Minister since 2006.

I hope the Japanese government gets stabilized. This is getting kinda old with Japan....especially after the Earthquake.


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RE: Japan To Have Diet Elections 12/16, LDP To Win

Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:24 am

They got a new one right after the earthquake, right? Seems like one heck of a turnover rate. "Throw the bums out! No wait, those other bums! Augh no that's the wrong bums again! Hang on a second I need a scorecard!" It's a system I'm not too familiar with though, maybe it worked better before Japan's economic slowdowns (but then most systems do work better then apart from pyramid schemes) or maybe it looks worse from the outside.
 
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RE: Japan To Have Diet Elections 12/16, LDP To Win

Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:48 pm

Quoting PHX787 (Thread starter):
I hope the Japanese government gets stabilized.

Unlikely so long as it remains a myopic club for wealthy old men who all graduated from the same three universities, have never done any real work, and were groomed for "public service" from day one.

Those that do get any noteriety or otherwise build grassroots success are usually at some kind of fringe - like Hashimoto down in Osaka, the populist chameleon who pissed off South Korea a couple years ago with historically inaccurate comments and continues to stand for repeal of the Constitution's Article IX which establishes Japan's postwar pacifist footing.

Quoting Newark727 (Reply 1):
It's a system I'm not too familiar with though, maybe it worked better before Japan's economic slowdowns (but then most systems do work better then apart from pyramid schemes) or maybe it looks worse from the outside.

Voter turnout is actually rather high in this country, and has recovered mostly to the levels seen in the boom years of the 1980s after taking a 10-15% dip post bubble years in the mid-1990s. That said, people under 40 hardly vote at all.

The problem is that the public has mostly the same group of buffoons to choose from every time, and there is tremendous parliamentary support from corners of the country that depend on boondoggle projects for their livelihoods. There is virtually no major election cycle or even television advertising because there is so little actual difference between the LDP and DPJ. The core of the DPJ leadership is comprised mostly of post bubble years cast-offs from the LDP, so the policy fundamentals are largely the same - which makes their barking at one another on the Diet floor that much more befuddling.
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RE: Japan To Have Diet Elections 12/16, LDP To Win

Thu Nov 15, 2012 5:43 pm

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 2):
Unlikely so long as it remains a myopic club for wealthy old men who all graduated from the same three universities, have never done any real work, and were groomed for "public service" from day one.

Thus is the sad case    Albeit I do have a lot of close friends from Waseda  

I wonder when all these nutcases die off, who will replace them? I'm guessing my peers in Japan will have some impact

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 2):
Voter turnout is actually rather high in this country, and has recovered mostly to the levels seen in the boom years of the 1980s after taking a 10-15% dip post bubble years in the mid-1990s. That said, people under 40 hardly vote at all.

There's a party I support, "Your Party," which is trying to get young people to vote. They asked me to ask my friends to vote, using the US Election as an example of how turnout can change an election.

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 2):
The problem is that the public has mostly the same group of buffoons to choose from every time, and there is tremendous parliamentary support from corners of the country that depend on boondoggle projects for their livelihoods.

is there no term limits for these people?
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RE: Japan To Have Diet Elections 12/16, LDP To Win

Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:44 pm

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 2):
Unlikely so long as it remains a myopic club for wealthy old men who all graduated from the same three universities, have never done any real work, and were groomed for "public service" from day one.
Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 2):
The problem is that the public has mostly the same group of buffoons to choose from every time, and there is tremendous parliamentary support from corners of the country that depend on boondoggle projects for their livelihoods.

Why does this sound familiar.....
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RE: Japan To Have Diet Elections 12/16, LDP To Win

Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:33 am

Quoting HOMsAR (Reply 4):
Why does this sound familiar.....

Because we essentially set up their current political system. :P
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