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The LDP cartel has failed to deliver for 30 years, unless you're in Dentsu, the IOC or the concrete/Yakuza fraternity.

They don't have to deliver a thing for the rest of us. The serfs will continue to deliver the feudal overlords with all they require, and elections are purely ceremonial.

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In recent Japan, major TV channels who are obedient to government and ruling party always avoid even mentioning about politics or election until closing of vote, and they helped low voter turnout that is advantageous to ruling party intentionally.

Many Japanese who are crazy for baseball topics don't know even existence of this elections, they have no even thought ​that try to change politics by vote despite many problem such as expansion of poverty and inequality or vested interest-first politics.

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Agree with the above posts !

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On the second thought, is there a better alternative now? Maybe a new promising political generation needs more time to grow in Japan... in the meantime, stability is not the worst thing while hoping for some change here and there under the pressure of public.

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One party rule, rules!

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delivery...what?

what can you offer new,important or attractive?

soo pathetic...

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It doesn't matter what they do really. The people will keep voting for them. What do they say: doing to the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome is the definition of Japanese voters?

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YuujuToday  05:31 pm JST

On the second thought, is there a better alternative now? Maybe a new promising political generation needs more time to grow in Japan... 

The LDP will keep the same broken system in place so a better alternative will never be allowed to emerge.

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Who put LDP into power in the first place? The biggest stakeholder here in U.S. This is an old quote by Professor Mike Mochizuki, regarding the 2016 election:

"If Abe does try to push ahead with the Henoko plan by using strong-armed tactics, the backlash in Okinawa will be severe and possibly threaten the U.S. ability to use more strategically vital military assets on Okinawa like Kadena Air Force Base."

One way or another, Japan's rulership will stay aligned with the national interests of U.S.

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@Moonraker

It doesn't matter what they do really. The people will keep voting for them. What do they say: doing to the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome is the definition of Japanese voters?

It isn't about people voting for them it is the fact that 60 percent of the population is not voting for anybody.

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If he really wanted to do something, how about cutting half of government employees and politicians?

Go make something, sell something, deliver something or fix something.

Government always has a solution - more government and more government workers.

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Yes, James, you are also right about that. But it is the voters that count in the end. And those that do vote, keep doing the same absurd thing. Those who don't vote can be said to be doing the same thing over and over too. This pattern of just plugging away at the same pointless strategy seems so ingrained that it must be some aspect of "culture." People get the governments they deserve; it's said. And there is a lot of truth in that. The old dinosaurs are probably just as happy with those who don't vote. But for some - those who don't really care what happens to Japan - the national instincts and habits are unimpeachable so it never ends.

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Once again the "pro" LDP articles pop up after elections. The title is very misleading, as the LDP LOST yes again LOST "key" elections. If the LDP can not "win" the second most populous city and the prefecture it is in, those are MAJOR defeats. Not to mention other prefectures where the LDP lost as well.

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In gubernatorial races in Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido and southwestern prefecture of Oita on Sunday, candidates fielded by the LDP, headed by Kishida, were victorious.

How are Hokkaido and Oita "key" races for the LDP? Hokkaido I can somewhat understand, but LOOSING in numerous other places is more important, and the bigger news.

Be nice to see how prefectural gov races the LDP actually won, and not just keeping on pushing the 2 we already know about

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when a Japanese politician clinches his fist, you can almost certainly expect concrete results!

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Dango bongToday  08:55 pm JST

when a Japanese politician clinches his fist, you can almost certainly expect concrete results!

Indeed. It how you can tell they're serious. And they really, really mean it when they roll up their sleeves. Remember when Koizumi Snr's posters in the early noughties?

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Simon FostonToday 07:19 pm JST

The LDP will keep the same broken system in place so a better alternative will never be allowed to emerge.

Agree but is there any powerful rival? its just a fact, its not like I agree that this 'stability' is a nice option. its just there wont be any better alternative in the near future.

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In these elections, the LDP lost significantly in the Kanto region against the opposition. The sharp rise of Nippon Ishin no Kai was to be expected, but not to this extent.

The CDP obtained 185 legislators in these elections, compared to Ishin's 124. With an overall difference of 61 seats, which is currently the difference between the two groups.

Ishin is slowly approaching the same level as the CDP, slowly but surely. Both Kenta Izumi and Nishimura should start worrying. Because in 10 to 15 years, Ishin could overtake them as the main opposition party. Making it clear that Ishin is a serious choice to govern Japan and not the CDP.

And there are still the April 24 elections, which are also by-elections in some districts in the Diet.

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That's the classic Kishida Fighto! pose we all find so dear. The guy is playing from the LDP playbook which of course suggests they will win 95% of the time.

Kishida will get a bump from the G7 meeting. The photo ops will soothe the national psyche.

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"We have to continue bracing ourselves" for a challenge while listening to voices of encouragement and hope for the Liberal Democratic Party and the ruling coalition including its junior partner Komeito, Kishida told reporters at his office.

The ability to speak without saying anything of substance is an art that takes long years of practice

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One party to rule them all, one party to find them, one party to bring them all and in the darkness bind them!

I wouldn’t say 1153 out of 2260 seat is a resounding endorsement of Kishida! The wheels are turning against the LDP albeit with usual Japanese speed…

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Deliver what - ramen, pizza la, sushi?

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Yuuju

Apr. 10 10:39 pm JST

Simon FostonToday 07:19 pm JST The LDP will keep the same broken system in place so a better alternative will never be allowed to emerge.

Agree but is there any powerful rival?

A powerful rival cannot emerge while it costs ¥3 million just for the candidate deposit for PR blocks in lower house elections, and ¥6 million for -seat deposits. Only the LDP have that kind of money and they're not going to be changing the law any time soon to level the playing field.

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