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.
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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.
If you need someone to blame / throw a rock in the air / you'll hit someone guilty