Hi Blog. Trying to make this as timely as possible:
Trans Pacific Radio put up last night an audio interview with me about how I think today’s Japan Upper House election will turn out.
In sum: I think Abe will have to resign over the poor performance of the LDP in this election. He’s had one of the worst cabinets in Japan’s postwar history, and he’s definitely become a political liability (to the point where at least one poll indicates a majority believe we should have a snap election in the Lower House now too).
(I am of course an armchair observer, not a true politico, but for what it’s worth. You can of course throw Internet raspberries at me within 24 hours if I’m wrong…)
Have a listen at:
How it’s written up at TPR follows. Arudou Debito in Sapporo
Seijigiri #29: Seijigiri’s Election Day Special with Debito Arudou
For our election day special release, Garrett and Ken sat down with Debito Arudou for a quick and dirty discussion (just under 20 minutes) of elections in Japan, what the voting process actually involves, the difference between voting for a party and voting for a candidate, and some speculation on what results we may see from today’s election.
Discussed in this edition of Seijigiri is a recent article by Adam Richards (Upper House Prediction http://www.mutantfrog.com/2007/07/16/upper-house-prediction/) at the Mutant Frog Travelogue.
Seijigiri will be back soon with a rundown and discussion of the election results, as well as the usual analysis into what we should expect to see in Japan’s political scene for the upcoming months…