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Japan opposition lawmakers bring no-confidence motion accusing gov't of halting debate over scandal

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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A phrase used by a Roman writer to deplore the declining heroism of Romans after the Roman Republic ceased to exist and the Roman Empire began: “Two things only the people anxiously desire — bread and circuses.”

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Can you imagine the population of any other industrialized country in the world re-electing these people over and over and over again? It boggles the mind.

It really does. But if you saw the brainwashing they receive from their media, based on the region they live in, it makes more sense.

It's a real mess.

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Illegal actions and Corruptions against the Law must be paid by Fine and Prison time! the law is the same for everyone, we are all equal human beings!This people betrayed our trust,they are in charge but for many years they have stolen our money so they become rich!Must be all arrest,they need to be arrested and also search thoroughly I think the tax office is also implicated

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When you hold the majority in the Diet, they just tolerate the opposition and give them some air time, to appear fair, but in the end just go about their own business.

The people have to start holding their own LDP reps accountable, as a part of the whole problem. Otherwise guano will never change!

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The LDP has never been a party of debate.

Watch the Diet proceedings and watch them repeat the same stock answers time and time and time again…

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ProtestantToday  06:22 am JST

Can you imagine the population of any other industrialized country in the world re-electing these people over and over and over again? 

I'd say that in fact the population doesn't re-elect them as the LDP usually only gets about a quarter of all the possible votes, but the continually low voter turn-out indicates that a huge number of people just tacitly accept the situation. I guess they just don't care or don't think there's a better alternative, but just about anyone would be better than the LDP.

Nishimura and Matsuno said Abe proposed ending the practice in 2022, citing the lack of transparency and risk of causing public distrust. They said the practice somehow resumed after Abe's death but they did not know why.

This shows that as bad as Abe was the problem wasn't just him. It's every elected LDP Diet member. The whole faction, and indeed the whole party, is systemmically rotten.

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said Abe proposed ending the practice in 2022, citing the lack of transparency and risk of causing public distrust.

Ah, that would have been because Abe was such a paragon of virtue and champion of the people, right?

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Can you imagine the population of any other industrialized country in the world re-electing these people over and over and over again?

Let's not forget the LDP's origins and covert management by the CIA. This has been going on since they installed a war criminal, Kishi as PM just after the end of WWII.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2006/07/20/national/u-s-admits-cia-gave-ldp-money-in-1950s-1960s/

"WASHINGTON – The CIA secretly sent money to the Liberal Democratic Party in the 1950s and 1960s to help stabilize the LDP-led government and prevent a leftist administration from emerging, according to a U.S. document released Tuesday.

The document, titled "Foreign Relations of the United States, Vol. XXIX, Part 2," also suggests that some of the CIA money went to moderate members of the now-defunct Japan Socialist Party, the LDP's rival at the time, apparently to help them form a moderate breakaway.

It is the first time the U.S. government has formally admitted having a covert financial program for Japanese politicians, a State Department official involved in compiling the document said.

The LDP has denied the CIA give the party financial support."

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On the one hand, I agree with Protestant, above, that it "boggles the mind" that LDP members continue to be re-elected year after year in spite of their shenanigans. On the other hand, compared with other large countries, the politicians in Japan actually spend most of their time governing rather than simply attacking their counterparts in the opposition. As a result, Japanese government is functional and rather stable by comparison.

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The LDP is a sneaky organization who's had about 70 years in power to develop various ways to underhandedly block and pass legislations.

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you pay taxes, they abuse your taxes. mousquito life...

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Ah, that would have been because Abe was such a paragon of virtue and champion of the people, right?

And because, conveniently, Abe is dead and he can’t verify the claim.

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obladiToday  08:39 am JST

On the one hand, I agree with Protestant, above, that it "boggles the mind" that LDP members continue to be re-elected year after year in spite of their shenanigans. On the other hand, compared with other large countries, the politicians in Japan actually spend most of their time governing ...

Really? Do they? I would never have guessed.

...rather than simply attacking their counterparts in the opposition

They don't really need to. The opposition is effectively hobbled by chronic lack of funds and the skewed electoral system. When it's deemed necessary though they'll happily go on about why you shouldn't vote for anyone else because of what happened the last time anyone else was in charge, e.g. more than a decade ago.

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in Japan there is no real opposition at all all are same clowns...

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Corruption by politicians is happening the world over, it always has and will be forever. The LDP will ride this scandal out and get re-elected.

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empty suit with endless pockets at photo have no character at all...no charisma even...

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Part of the problem is the difficulty in raising funds. The amount of so called kickbacks is small. They need a more rational system that will also benefit new candidates who aren’t supported by a major party.

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RedemptionMar. 2  07:41 pm JST

Part of the problem is the difficulty in raising funds.

Another part is the eyewateringly high cost of running for office - Y3 million to be a candidate in a single-seat constituency and Y6 million for proportional representation. That's to keep the "wrong sort" away, i.e. anyone outside of political families and their cliques.

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