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Faction politics wane in LDP leadership race

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By Sayo Sasaki

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Japan's mainstream media who abandoned political fairness or neutrality are advertising the names or faces of LDP politicians from morning until night everyday.

On the other hand, they spread falsehood about opposition parties or ignore it.

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That's so cute how they're pretending like Kono might not be chosen.

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LDP seems to remain same whoever becomes a Prime Minister.

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It is all so convenient that since Kono (the pandemic czar) has started running for the PM office that COVID testing around the country has been falling giving the false perceptions that infections rates are falling fast.

It is has not, and the small declines have not been do to Kono's leadership!

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Faction politics wane

So this Japan will become in the future, one party with several factions?

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Ultimately there are those in the Diet and among the public who feel Abe’s shenanigans (Moritomo, etc) should be properly investigated and that seems to be one factor in the weakening power of the factions. It also explains who is running and being supported by whom, e.g. Sanae Takaichi being supported by Abe. She is on the record as saying she sees no need to look into the various Abe scandals. Whereas others like Kono (with Ishiba’s full support) would surely allow prosecutors to do their job. In the end, it’s all about the money and in the past it was doled out by faction bosses. Guess that’s no longer the case and thus has lead to party members with more freedom. It might be a good thing or it could lead to “chaos” where it’ll be anyone’s guess as to who will be the next leader of the country. We shall see.

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Daily reminder that the LDP is not the only political party in Japan and the back-to-back coverage of their internal affairs is a sign of the media bowing to the powers that be.

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Time for the LDP to move on and pave the way to new and fresh blood.

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...As the PM then needs to immediately throw his hat into the ring in a general election the main coverage should be about the upcoming GE and feature discussions on what each party has to offer with the LDP election just being a side-show distraction and not the main event...

One thing I've noticed since moving here is that what should be and what is are quite often two entirely different things, and it feels as if never the twain shall meet.

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Ishiba is the only one who can change LDP.

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Factional politics has a clear ideological structure. Will all join hands

The factions whisper across the chambers into the very heart of political thinking, right into the executive branch of government.

There is no means of switching this on and off like a lamp.

It is delusional to believe otherwise.

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Big deal! Same race, different dude. Nothing else.

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Japan's mainstream media who abandoned political fairness or neutrality are advertising the names or faces of LDP politicians from morning until night everyday.

On the other hand, they spread falsehood about opposition parties or ignore it.

I think It is simply that media are all so desperate and bite anything that they think sell to the audience, in other words, media could be possibly thinking any opposition parties, all the same, no change, not impressive at all either, bunch of boring groups.

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Ok, so we all know Kono will be next. His successor has probably already been chosen too. And on it goes.

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Membership fees? That is a new one for me.

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Iron LadToday  01:23 pm JST

Though there's still hopes in my man Yukio Edano.

I wish I could agree, but it would be a bit like a football team short of five players scoring a winning hat trick in the last minute of injury time. I respect him for steering clear of any collaboration with the more right-wing ex-DPJ types that hooked up with Koike and Kibo No To, but I see him as a transitional leader who will hopefully pick up a few more seats for the CDPJ and then hand over to someone a bit more media savvy and charismatic, who can roast the LDP while promoting viable alternative policies.

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Very interesting but the moment has gone with this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmaqK8GwTcI&ab_channel=Dax

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Hoping Kishida got it.

Taro Kano is too close to the americans, and thus very dangerous.

Though there's still hopes in my man Yukio Edano.

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