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Seems to me "entitled" has found its way to Japan! If this is true, dude is one big cry baby.

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He definitely have the qualities of a politician

5 ( +16 / -11 )

Nothing but a born loser who has no part in a peaceful society.

Lock him up for a very long time.

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he requirements of being at least 30 years old and paying a 3 million yen

In Japan you can be restricted because you are too young but can be never too old to do anything.

https://data.ipu.org/content/japan

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14473640

Average age 55 years old, oldest 82 years old, with only less than 10% female.

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He claimed he was unable to meet the requirements of being at least 30 years old and paying a 3 million yen deposit to run in the upper house election, which he argued violated the Constitution that guarantees equality under the law.….

Interesting

Right from the get go there are restrictions on entry to political lice

The financial and ageist discrimination

Strange, that 80+ year olds can still continue to partake in political life but the young cannot

More to come no doubt…

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seeking 100,000 yen in damages for mental distress after he was unable to launch his candidacy for a House of Councillors election held the following month

If can't handle pressure from this, how he can handle pressure from real politics. Pressure from own party, pressure from opposition, pressure from constituent and many other pressure.

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3 days after the incident and still know nothing.

The police is clueless without a confession.

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That means in return, that there’s quite a probability of some others with a similar mindset have qualified and were somehow able to bring the ‘reasonable prerequisites’. That’s the bigger problem than this specific loser, isn’t it?

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

So like Abe’s assassin, the guy had some legit gripes. Not the best way to get your voice heard though…right?

Or maybe it’s the only way and that’s the problem.

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Houston, we have a motive!

Good news actually, as concerned it might have entailed foreign influence to destabilize Japan.

Clearly, he's NOT fit for office!

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

So like Abe’s assassin, the guy had some legit gripes. 

No, there is a huge gap between “a religious cult brainwashed my mom and destroyed my family” (legit gripe where you can understand how it drove the guy to drastic action even if it isn’t excusable) on the one hand, and “They won’t let me run in the election because I’m not old enough” (minor complaint where even if he has a point, the resort to violence is just insane and completely incomprehensible) on the other.

I am curious to learn more about what this guy’s political platform was.

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Because of the manner in which Japanese campaign finance laws are written, elections for the Diet are limited to those who can put up the funds, and actually get votes. If they dont get a set percentage of the overall total, their 3 million yen "deposit" is forfeited.

It stops any idiots from signing up and standing for elections, but it is also one of the main reasons why the LDP continues to "win" in national elections. They have the infrastructure and funding to support their candidates and others dont.

Folks should pay closer attention to their prefectural and municipal elections.

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Good news actually, as concerned it might have entailed foreign influence to destabilize Japan.

Where in the heck did this come from? Oh right, just stirring the pot, carry on.

If you havent noticed Japan by themselves, politicians that is, do enough on their own to "destabilize" things here, that they dont need any outside assistance.

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the requirements of being at least 30 years old 

I'm actually surprised. Knowing Japan, I thought you had to be at least 45 to run for political office.

That is questionable though.

How is a 25-29 year old less qualified to be a politician than someone who is over 75 and into their 80's?

You could claim experience, but by 75 you're way passed your prime and into your twilight years. No way you can make quick, rational and objective decisions at that age.

Most J-gov dinosaurs are usually just kicking it at the bar or yelling at people at that age.

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Just a thought, but if you disagree with how your government works and you want things to change, maybe start with voting for change instead going immediately to blowing people up.......

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Are Japan's age restriction based on those of the US? 30 to be a member of the House of Councillor; 25 to be a member of the House of Representatives. It seems it's the same in the US for Senators and Representatives respectively.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_candidacy

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He may have a point but throwing bombs at people isn't going to help.

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It seems it's the same in the US for Senators and Representatives respectively.

So? Not everything has to compared to the US.

Younger people make riskier decisions (like throwing bombs) because their brain isn’t fully developed until 25 or more. You can test that easily by having a conversation with one, or reading what they write on the Internet.

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So? Not everything has to compared to the US.

I was just asking. I understand Japan's current system of government was established in its 1947 constitution. That is often assumed to have been written by US officials. So I was wondering if the age rules were based on those in the US.

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Irrational acts of political violence perpetrated by young men usually have an "incel" angle, as the late, great lamented Nobel Laureate, Oe Kenzaburo emphasized in his two linked stories, "Seventeen" and "The Death of a Political Youth", inspired by the shocking fatal stabbing of socialist Asanuma Inejiro by rightist Yamaguchi Otoya. As Bill Clinton would say, "It's the Sex, Stupid!".

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Maybe, it’s the lack of it?

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Ok, uou haveca personal grievance, why turn it into a serious crime?

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That's not the way, you ruined your life...

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Just an observation here, seems that all sorts of folks, by their reactions here, either support him, or dont have enough sense to share their own ideas or thoughts on the matter. Entitled lot of crybabies!

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Why would tossing a smoke bomb change anything?

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Maybe, it’s the lack of it?

(s)Exactly! It's part of the angry cocktail that fuels terrorists, as experts would acknowledge.

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YubaruApr. 18  06:52 pm JST

Because of the manner in which Japanese campaign finance laws are written, elections for the Diet are limited to those who can put up the funds, and actually get votes. If they dont get a set percentage of the overall total, their 3 million yen "deposit" is forfeited.

It stops any idiots from signing up and standing for elections...

That doesn't seem to be a problem for LDP candidates, especially ones with political family pedigrees.

but it is also one of the main reasons why the LDP continues to "win" in national elections.

Idiots with lots of money. How can they fail to win?

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Basically mad at the system that keeps anyone not related to a political family out of the running. I agree on that front. Sadly Japan is more than willing to shrug and say that’s just how it is, just give up.

granted throwing an explosive or at least smoke bomb probably isn’t it either.

given how quickly they made everyone forget their links to the church, the LDP is likely to sweep this dudes reasoning under the rug too as ideas for radicals.

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Yes, it's sad that it's more difficult to find similar minded Japanese to speak freely of the imperfections of their system and try to do something legally. So such stunt was the only thing this guy thought he can get the attention. I mean even in the family or with close friends people escape difficult topics or talking about politics.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

What a loser. Can't handle losing so decides to try to blow things up. Lock him up with some explosives that he can play with and test to his heart's content.

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