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Kishida to replace reconstruction minister Akiba; 4th minister from cabinet to be fired

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What an utter bad joke Kishida's administration is.

If the opposition was even slightly competent they would take this opportunity to force a general election.

Alas,they are happy with the status quo and don't want to upset the apple cart that is their lucrative salary and outrageous 'communications' expense allowance.

Some on here the other day said Japan had a brighter future that post-Brexit Britain.

I beg to differ because once the Brits have really had enough they will bite the bullet and vote in the opposition party,where in Japan the same old,same old LDP will be automatically voted back in just because......well,they are familiar.

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Change the constitution. The PM should able to fire the PM.

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The man is clueless. No connection with reality. On the other hand, politicians do not live in the real world but in privileged virtual one. We are just the replaceable and disposable parts in their machinery

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“And the Show goes on”

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Absolutely spot on Spitfire.

The opposition party are so pathetically useless that the LDP can have scandal after scandal and just carry on as normal.

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Only the best people….

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It's just musical chairs with the same old idiots being assigned to random positions, with no thought of knowledge or expertise in the field they're administering.

I guess it's like the corporate world, where none of the management knows anything about the products or services, either. And, people are promoted mostly by seniority and connections.

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Well I must admit, Mr. Kishida got balls, at least he his taking action to drain the swamp and get rid of the rotten apples.

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Raising taxes to pay for more bombs while starting the Nuke power plants again…May as well get the bad stuff out of the way while Kishida is in the drivers seat then change him out a few months before the election…

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KISHIDA get out!!, I fire you! come to repair the road for 800yen/hour.

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At he rate this is going we will have a brand new cabinet by mid 2023.

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SpitfireToday  05:02 pm JST

What an utter bad joke Kishida's administration is.

If the opposition was even slightly competent they would take this opportunity to force a general election.

Which they would lose, even if only a quarter of the electorate actually voted for the LDP.

Alas,they are happy with the status quo and don't want to upset the apple cart that is their lucrative salary and outrageous 'communications' expense allowance.

I think it's more the case that they know they're going to lose and there's not a whole lot they can do.

Some on here the other day said Japan had a brighter future that post-Brexit Britain.

I beg to differ because once the Brits have really had enough they will bite the bullet and vote in the opposition party,where in Japan the same old,same old LDP will be automatically voted back in just because......well,they are familiar.

It's not quite that simple. The opposition aren't great at politics by any means, but they also lack the funds to seriously challenge the LDP. In a lot of constituencies the main opposition party just can't afford to put up candidates, whereas the LDP have got tons of money.

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Quote: Some on here the other day said Japan had a brighter future that post-Brexit Britain.

That was me, and despite the LDP playing musical chairs or having a low popularity rating, the UK is in a far worse place. The damage from Brexit is structural and cannot be fixed. Labour will simply fail in a different way. They will be voted in because they are not the Tories, not because people support their policies, and in a few months they will be as hated as the Tories are. There are no magic solutions to the damage Brexit has done, whoever gets elected.

Kishida has a really tough job, seeking an LDP member allied to a friendly faction who has no links to the Moonies and no history of putting their foot in it.

I agree with the comments about the weakness of the Japanese opposition (and the unions too for that matter). I sometimes think both are run by the government on the sly. It probably doesn't matter as the majority of the Japanese people are unlikely to shift away from the LDP and the opposition vote is split across all manner of tiny parties. That is not how you do opposition politics. Someone should give them a manual.

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Why isn't the LDP quite as bad as you might think? It doesn't actively intervene in the lives of citizens as much as it might. Certainly not as much as the UK or EU governments. Japan didn't have any months-long lockdowns but saw its mortality dip in pandemic year 1..

The more active politicians are, the more damage they do to their economy, to their society and to peoples' lives.

Brexit is an excellent example of that. The less politicians do, the better a country and its people are.

I would really settle for a government that did very little, filched some public money and left their citizens and the internet alone.

The worst thing you can have is an active government determined to interfere in the lives of citizens, manipulating aspects of their day to day lives.

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GBR48Today  09:21 pm JST

Why isn't the LDP quite as bad as you might think? It doesn't actively intervene in the lives of citizens as much as it might.

They don't because they can't. The government's power to declare a state of emergency is limited by the Constitution, and it's one of the things the LDP want to revise.

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The opposition party are so pathetically useless that the LDP can have scandal after scandal and just carry on as normal.

I disagree and that is the exact propaganda that LDP have been spilling for years. You are just a sucker for believing it.

You have to remember how the government it set up LDP has never not been in charge even when an opposition controls the lower house the LDP has controlled the upper house which means the opposition party can make no law changes. meaning any failure by an opposition party is because LDP have made it that way.

To get any change you need to vote in the opposition party in the upper house and the lower house.

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JamesToday  02:09 am JST

To get any change you need to vote in the opposition party in the upper house and the lower house.

The problem is that there often isn't one other viable party to vote for. It's not like the UK, where there's always a choice between Labour and Conservative, or the US where it's Democrat or Republican. Voters here might get the option of voting for the CDPJ, but as they can't afford to support enough candidates people who don't like the LDP often have to settle for a candidate from a smaller party, which may be an LDP clone like Isshin or the DPP, or an independent - who may join the LDP after the election.

There's no chance of change until there's one other party that can contest every seat in an election.

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