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After 2 years in office, Kishida may call snap election soon

By Satoshi Iizuka

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0 ( +14 / -14 )

It's about time the LDP changed its name (like Johnny's did the other day). It's not liberal and it's certainly not democratic.

-9 ( +18 / -27 )

Worse than useless but much better than Abe and slightly behind the monotone Suga ,who at least lowered the exorbitant mobile phone fees, but was also useless apart from that.

Tells you the true state of Japanese politicians.

2 ( +13 / -11 )

He either will return and or someone similar to him, and so, the same old that is all we are getting. The only Prime Minister that ever shook things up was Koizumi, with his purple hair, Elvis loving ALL SHOOK UP and boy did he shake it up. So many politicians disliked Koizumi for his unconventional government style he was the best thing that happened to Japan, and I dream of another Koizumi but probably will never happen.

3 ( +9 / -6 )

The turkeys will have another chance to vote for Christmas!

-10 ( +9 / -19 )

How I miss Mr Suga and Mr Noda as they were the only two PM's IMO who actually cared and did anything for the country rather than just securing their reelection.

4 ( +10 / -6 )

I think that the main problem is not LDP being this lousy, the problem is that there's no opposition party that can get them out of the government because they're even worse or look even lousier.

I hope I'm wrong, but I don't see Japan getting rid of this gerontocratic system anytime soon.

2 ( +10 / -8 )

'Snap' in the sense that it's the same as any election here?

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Without doubt he's got a few good concepts and ideas. But it's not he who will have to shoulder the massive costs of such stimulus packages, all the voters will have to. And that's the problem here when already a third is over 65 yrs. old, but will have much lesser to gain during their remaining time and to finance something they surely won't have any merits from.

8 ( +12 / -4 )

I also miss PM Suga. Served faithfully and diligently and didn't need to be constantly in the spotlight like the current PM.

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Political experts believe Kishida thinks the envisioned large-scale economic measures will be received favorably by voters and boost his popularity, but critics and opposition lawmakers have labeled them "pork barrel" policies, given whether the package will bring long-term positive economic benefits is not yet known.

Pork barrel is the the LDP norm, or as KIshida would term it "New Capitalism".

Giving money from the public treasury to crony companies and saying it will trickle down and benefit the public.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

recently, when asked whether he's considering a snap election, K-kun repeatedly replied that "at the moment I'm only thinking about.... [insert global situation/crsis of your choice here]"..... but, I suppose, having solved the world's problems with his jetsetting diplomacy,, he's now free to address the matter of an election.

0 ( +6 / -6 )

Elections in this country are meaningless. The dopes will just vote jimin back in.

0 ( +14 / -14 )

lets talk abt results of his work.

there are ... NONE

9 ( +13 / -4 )

I think a mascot will help to seal an LDP victory in November. An unemployed actor in a "Jiminto-kun" costume will have an irresistible appeal for this country's increasingly senile population.

-5 ( +6 / -11 )

Disgusting ploy to extend his time in office.

Straight out of the "Abe Play Book". He played this game to just keep on keeping on with no justification or respect for true democratic principles.

Dissolution of govt is meant for severe situations where there are grid-locks in chamber movements / legislation, unresolved power struggles or loss of ability to govern and the like.

There is absolutely no necessity to call an election. The ldp has way over the majority in both houses and can do whatever it wants. The last election they were given the mandate to lead by the people. There is no threat to their power or control.

Blabbing about some weak "...get the will of the people..." line, is totally lame.

Kishida knows it and is just messing with the fawning electorate who always fall back on the , "Well they're better than the ones we don't know" or some equivalent nonsense. Equally as lame.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

I hope I'm back home from my month-long visit before those incredibly loud election vehicles hit the streets everywhere. They're the only thing I really dislike about Japan.

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Depending on the results of the polls, which will fill vacant seats previously held by his ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Kishida, who has set securing re-election as the LDP leader next year as a top priority, might review his strategy, they added.

Call me old fashioned, but shouldn’t the well being and prosperity of us and the country be a Prime Ministers Top Priority?

3 ( +3 / -0 )

those incredibly loud election vehicles…….They're the only thing I really dislike about Japan.

C’mon, put your mind to it and try a little harder!

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

This regime prioritizes benefiting economy circles than health and the lives of citizen, for example, they still has continued increasing domestic Covid19 deaths whenever infection wave during 2 years without measures.

Also, their preferential treatment policy to large corporations and wealth class has increased social burden to ordinal citizen, expands poverty or inequality.

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

Shouldn't elections be called for a reason, not vanity?

2 ( +2 / -0 )

The Japanese voters are facile if they consider visiting Ukraine and hosting a G7 meeting as great diplomatic achievements. Diplomatic achievement should be much more than mugging for the camera.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Japanese politics is well, different!

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

With his current cabinet and approval ratings he won't be calling a snap election until he has too. Until he finds something to boost his popularity, you can see him working at it. His next step maybe pulling random babies from mothers arms to give it a hug in front of the cameras...

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Oh no, not again! As if the noise pollution in Tokyo isn't bad enough already.

exactly. all these campaigns actually do is make noise.

Just ban elections in Japan.

We already have a 1 party system. At least we'll get rid of the campaign noise. The results will always be the same, elections or not but at least we'll have peace and quiet.

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