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Japan's ex-Foreign Minister Maehara to form new party

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Great, that is all we need, another splinter group with three or four members that will have no effect what-so-ever on the LDP's control of this country. But Maehara will be able to call himself the party president and get extra money and air time whenever NHK and all the other broadcasters ask how they are frustrated angry about what the LDP is doing. Go back and join the DPJ and try and defeat Kishida!

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Phenomenal.

Just what Japan needs: a more divided opposition with even less chance of having the slightest effect on the monolithic monopoly of the LDP.

No matter how disastrous the policies of the LDP hegemony are, how badly they fail, how much corruption and incompetence is exposed for all to see (and respond to with a “shoganai, ne?”), this will remain a de facto one-party state until long after a unified opposition party can offer genuine solutions and, what’s the word? Opposition.

Until then just watch your standards redline and your savings get hoovered up by porkbarrel under-the-table deals (q.v. Osaka Expo).

This joint is Edo with smartphones.

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Redline = decline

Thanks autocorrect. You cnut.

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Mark and Derek- Excellent posts

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'Autocorrect' is not the problem; the vocabulary error was caused by the predictive typing function. Turn it off, and the errors will cease...

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Just what Japan needs: a more divided opposition 

Well to be fair, Maehara is quitting his current crowd after they voted with the LDP on an outrageous 13 trillion yen extra budget, rather than against it.

Even the Ishin party voted for the monstrosity.

If Maehara would like to lead a small government party, that would be most pleasing. Unfortunately all the parties are big government proponents, just squabbling about which special interest groups should be recipients of the largesse that tax payers are on the hook for.

We need government spending cut in half.

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fxgaiDec. 1  07:18 pm JST

"Well to be fair, Maehara is quitting his current crowd after they voted with the LDP on an outrageous 13 trillion yen extra budget, rather than against it."

Even the Ishin party voted for the monstrosity.

I had an inkling they would end up with LDP-stink all over them.

If Maehara would like to lead a small government party, that would be most pleasing.

What good would it do though? They'll never be in any kind of position to bring a smaller government about. Only a party in power can do that.

We need government spending cut in half.

A fair point, but how? What exactly should be cut?

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Paint stripes on a pig and it is still a pig. New parties with the members of an old party are just the old party; heck, first thing they’ll do is offer to form a coalition with them. Every time a politician in the LDP doesn’t get their way they quit and form a new party… then another… then another…

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