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Faction politics wane in LDP leadership race

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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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@MarkToday  

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

Ahem. From Wikipedia on 3 of the 4 candidates.

On Kono:

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

*Taro Kono was born on 10 January 1963, in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa, the oldest of the three children of Yōhei Kōno, a former President of the Liberal Democratic Party and Speaker of the House of Representatives. He was born into a family of politicians: his father, his grandfather Ichirō Kōno, and his great-uncle Kenzō Kōno (Speaker of the House of Councillors between 1971 and 1977), were all active in Japanese politics.*

On Kishida:

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

*Kishida was born to a political family in Minami-ku, Hiroshima on 29 July 1957. His father and grandfather were former politicians who were lower house members, and also, former prime minister Kiichi Miyazawa is a distant relative of his.*

On Noda:

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

*She was born in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka. Her grandfather, Uichi Noda (1903–1997) was a Ministry of Finance Vice Minister, and later became an elected member of the lower house serving as Economic Planning Agency Chief Secretary and Minister of Construction. She was born Seiko Shima, but before entering politics she was officially adopted and took her grandfather's name.*

Again, for the record, political "incest" runs deep in Japan, VERY deep.

As for the election coverage, it's pretty much an outrage. This is an internal election to a party which just happens to be the ruling party and yes: the election will chose the next PM, but...

...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...

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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 long as opposition parties are weak,with little chance of winning,the LDP habatsu will still hold sway, regardless of the younger generation's stance.The allowing to vote against the habatsu leaders choice only shows that the four on offer are not so strong candidates that the leaders couldn't decide on a consensus choice.That:s all.

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All these discussions / newscoverage about factionalism in the LDP reminds me of a series of articles in the Yomiuri during the last GE.

Essentially, the Yomiuri (a conservative newspaper) polled over several weeks its readers (and therefore LDP voting-base) about the LDP's org-chart, organization, methods, etc, etc.

The paper published the results which actually surprised me, as when going through them and on pretty much everything did the voters stand against the LDP: they did not like the org-chart, did not like the roster, thought that an upper age limit was needed, wanted the faction-system to be scrapped, etc, etc and not by a little margin if I recall.

I ended up wondering why the heck they were still voting for the LDP and where they considered that the LDP was actually representing them in any way...?? Acute cognitive dissonance maybe...?

As for factional influence waning YOU WISH!

Pretty much everyday, we have backroom meetings at Ginza steakhouses, candidates meeting with factional leaders, etc, etc. Factional politics are everywhere to a point where even the 4 candidates are playing second fiddle in this whole circus. As for the opposition and despite a GE coming up, they are out of the (circus) tent in the rain. So much for media and politics and democracy overall in Japan. What a sorry state...

@Simon Foston

+1

I do like Edano, but he had a decade to turn around things and he just managed to have his ship run in larger circles than the LDP's (smaller circles). If he could score a few bonus points, act as a placeholder and let somebody else take over. Problem: who is that supposed to be?

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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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@socrateos

Ishiba is the only one who can change LDP.

I wouldn't hold my breath.

Last week when Koizumi and Ishiba decided to support Kono all three showed up in a news program.

It was funny to literally see Ishiba calling somebody on his flip-phone and ask that person to support Kono. One can already picture him calling a regional bigwig who will then call the regional brass who will each then call the local top dogs, etc, etc, etc down the lane to ultimately advise voters during district / neighborhood meetings and ralleys on "who to vote for".

LDP factionalism is dead? Yeah, right. If Kono was on top when this circus started a few weeks ago, he already reached orbital heights since then. Literally every day another poll, every day a few points added. You can't make that up.

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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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