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Japan ruling bloc set to win majority of contested upper house seats

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Really?!

The LDP winning?!

Unbelievable!!

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unifying major parties in their resolve not to yield to political violence that threatens democracy.

One party oligopolies that were installed by a conquering hyperpower on a losing nation using the remnants of the militarist elite. With hereditary dynasties. And winning big by a post-assassination sympathy vote.

Feel the democracy in action.

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The same thing is happening tonight as happened in the previous lower house election in July. Osaka-originated right-of-centre Innovation Party (Nippon Ishin no Kai) seems to have stolen many seats away from Minshuto, the Constitutional Democratic Party, thus gaining not just open seat gains and seat flips, but additional gains in the proportional representation seats stemming from the huge number of votes cast in the Osaka area.

This trend spells electoral doom for Rikken-Minshuto. It cannot rely on Tokyo alone, and it has continued to lose seats even after breaking off their disastrous July alliance with the Communists. The real kicker is: these Osakans have shifted their votes from the Left to the Right, bolstering the Revise The Constitution Grouping in the Diet. The ruling Jiminto (LDP), meanwhile, has increased its vote count in spite of surrendering much of Osaka to a party that is already largely in line with its own sympathies...end result? Massive Gains for the Right Tonight.

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For all intents and purposes it is a one party system that has to clap itself on the back every few years after going through the motions of an 'election'. It is a democracy with 'Mock' being the operative syllable.

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Good. I don't agree with the LDP on everything, but I agree with them on most things. And I think they've done a good job overall.

I miss Mr. Abe. Didn't always agree with him, but usually didn't disagree with him. He was a very good PM.

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Oh wow! Color me...bored. I mean, like, reeeeealy bored.

I mean, since the very beginning and before even Abe was killed, has the LDP already been said to win with a comfortable amount of votes, so...

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"YA DON'T SAY". I guess the Japanese government, and the Chinese government really have quite a lot in common. SINGLE PARTY government.

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OH Wait. I forgot. After the election, we must prepare for a few numpties who get upset and decide to split off and create ANOTHER opposition party.... That's about as much use as a chocolate teapot.

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Japan ruling bloc set to win majority of contested upper house seats

Even my 14 year old son knows that.

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Is there really any point in having elections here ? You’re all just going through the motions.

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Well, here’s to more of the same…

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Elections, indeed much of the edifice of representative democracy here is sheer pretence; a feel good exercise in reality management designed to disguise where real power lies. Abe’s death presented an opportunity to transcend that. Instead, as evidenced by their response to Abe’s demise, the insufferable arrogance and contempt for the masses of those presiding at the apex of this Asian analog of Orwell’s dystopian farm tale has thrust into even sharper relief their haughty pretensions and limitations.

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I guess the Japanese government, and the Chinese government really have quite a lot in common

The Japanese government and the chinazi dictatorship are NOTHING alike.

At least the Japanese get a chance to vote.

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Whatever! Just hurry up and fully open the borders!

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unifying major parties in their resolve not to yield to political violence that threatens democracy.

What meaningless nonsense from Kyodo.

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