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Can Kishida weather yet another scandal?

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I think the main reason the LDP hasn't replaced him is because no one wants to captain a sinking ship. Or more likely, no one in the LDP knows what to do if they were to take over.

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Top of that worry list is how to finance billions of dollars needed for a historic military build-up at a time when households are struggling with price rises not seen in decades.

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Give the LDP another 5 years and the people of Japan will be crying out for the CCP to come and save them from economic doom!

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YeahRightToday  09:29 am JST

I think the main reason the LDP hasn't replaced him is because no one wants to captain a sinking ship. Or more likely, no one in the LDP knows what to do if they were to take over.

I think a few of them know what they could do, if they weren't scared of upsetting the vested interests they owe their careers to.

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A question, I think fair, realistic, not rude, respectful.

If a election was called tomorrow, next week, next month, next year would this ruling government face any opposition ready to offer a future that offers any prospect of a new beginning?

It is a not a political game of cards where the deck is worn out. dog eared, slippery, marked/bent.

What would replacing Prime Minister Fumio Kishida actually represent or realistically achieve?

Politically groundhog day?

Just like reshuffling a worn out set of playing cards.

Then dealing more dog eared jokers, instead of any possibility of a winning hand

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itsonlyrocknrollToday  11:39 am JST

A question, I think fair, realistic, not rude, respectful.

If a election was called tomorrow, next week, next month, next year would this ruling government face any opposition ready to offer a future that offers any prospect of a new beginning?

No, because Japanese elections are not a level playing field. Between them the opposition parties might have some good ideas and some good prospective candidates, but the LDP have got the money, the organisation and the name recognition in every area, as well as a solid grip on depopulated regions with double the amount of Diet representation that they should have.

Nothing is going to change until the funding law loopholes that allow the LDP to suck up cash are closed, and the vote value disparity fixed. As the government is certainly not going to do either of these things, the public can act. They can decide en masse to vote for anyone other than LDP candidates no matter what party they're from and hope for the best with no single party able to form a majority, or they can refuse to give the LDP any more money. If I were a business owner I wouldn't want to be involved in any way in the murky activities of party factions, and have the name of my business tainted by association.

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Give the LDP another 5 years and the people of Japan will be crying out for the CCP to come and save them from economic doom!

No.

Have a look at the what totalitarian police state Hong Kong has become under the CCP.

There's your answer.

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Simon Foston,

Good pertinent points.

The political funding loophole quite rightly need to be addressed.

From my own family occasional political huffing and puffing, economic well being, support for the needs of J agriculture. Local issues guide them in the ballot box.

I would like to see school curriculum that focuses on how J political structure affects local communities. As a lead into how national political polices, employment, the economy, education aspirations, future careers in local government etc provide a platform for more involvement.

I don't believe for a moment that large numbers of 18 to 30 year old vote. Not in the numbers that promote change.

A national debate on the J voting system?

I am not convinced, or confident that a change to this LDP government in any form will bring the changes that question faction lead J diet/government.

Depopulation, the challenges an aging workforce represent to J economy profitability/productivity, investment in skilling, future product development.

I feel politicians are completely ignorant to the struggles of the people they represent. a wilful ambivalence to the electorate on every level.

The brazen behaviour of this funding scandal is evidence enough.

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Would rather he stay in charge rather than have Takaichi in as leader.

Abe's protege would spell doom for the Japanese population.

A fascist who yearns for the 1930s.

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SpitfireToday  04:22 pm JST

Would rather he stay in charge rather than have Takaichi in as leader.

Abe's protege would spell doom for the Japanese population.

A fascist who yearns for the 1930s.

I was hoping she might be a member of the Abe faction so she would get caught up in this ongoing scandal, unfortunately she doesn't seem to be in any faction.

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the Problem is not with the leadership, it’s with the politicians. They think they are entitled, and untouchable .

they should set a retirement age like they do for salarymen. Clean out the old rotten wood & bring in some new fresh timber.

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itsonlyrocknrollToday  12:51 pm JST

Simon Foston,

I feel politicians are completely ignorant to the struggles of the people they represent. a wilful ambivalence to the electorate on every level.

I'm not even sure they actually see representing the electorate as being what their job is all about. I think they see it purely in terms of power and patronage - they agree to look after people in their constituencies via pork barrel spending and pushing legislation that benefits them, in exchange for guaranteed campaign donations and votes. The problems of the wider electorate have nothing to do with it at all, they just pay lip service to the idea of doing something about them.

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kurisupisuToday 09:51 am JST

Give the LDP another 5 years and the people of Japan will be crying out for the CCP to come and save them from economic doom!

Is this that CCP country where the youth unemployment figures are so bad they stopped publishing them?

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/china-suspends-data-youth-unemployment-rcna99929

Or the CCP country where the next generation has so little hope that it calls itself the last generation?

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jan/20/the-last-generation-young-chinese-people-vow-not-to-have-children

Or the CCP country where foreign investment is at a 25-year low, and showing zero signs of recovering?

https://edition.cnn.com/2023/11/06/economy/china-negative-fdi-challenges-hnk-intl/index.html

Or the CCP country that is now seen as "uninvestible"?

https://www.reuters.com/markets/us-commerce-chief-set-meet-chinese-vice-premier-beijing-2023-08-29/

It sounds like China needs to save itself from economic doom before thinking about messing up anyone else's country.

...oh, and throw in the fact that absolutely no-one wants to live in a brutal, totalitarian dystopia anyhow.

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Fighto!Today  12:27 pm JST

Have a look at the what totalitarian police state Hong Kong has become under the CCP.

I'm sure the likes of Shinzo Abe and Sanae Takaichi looked on with admiration and envy.

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“Can Kishida weather yet another scandal?”

The same question will be asked about his successor.

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Japan's leadership will strengthen in line with the leadership of the US after the next election.

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Today  01:25 am JSTPosted in: Can Kishida weather yet another scandal?  See in context

Japan's leadership will strengthen in line with the leadership of the US after the next election.

Why, because you think Donald Trump is going to win the next US election? Well, strong leadership doesn't mean doing whatever he says.

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isabelleDec. 16  07:16 pm JST

kurisupisuToday 09:51 am JST

Give the LDP another 5 years and the people of Japan will be crying out for the CCP to come and save them from economic doom!

Is this that CCP country where the youth unemployment figures are so bad they stopped publishing them?

Did it occur to you that that comment might not have been 100% serious? All the same though, I don't underestimate the LDP's ability to mess things up so badly that almost anyone could come to be seen as a better alternative.

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