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Japan votes as ruling party seeks fresh start

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By Hiroshi HIYAMA and René SLAMA

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Thanks for fixing your mask. I will now allow you a short term victory.

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A fresh start? The LDP?? long-ruling conservatives- More like long in the tooth conservatives, totally unwilling to change, I'll wager.

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More like long in the tooth conservatives, totally unwilling to change, I'll wager.

At least they'll do some rebranding but anything nothing change

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Fresh start? Next propaganda please.

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Funny how all these LDP candidates promises "reform". They've been ruling all these years through the deflations, why didn't they reform ? They were the majority after all! It's because they can't, factions within factions, infighting. Anyone picking the LDP pretty much decided they rather stop thinking.

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2nd election weekend edition in a row where only one particular party’s member is depicted?

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Of course, the Mon a.m. edition will always highlight the “crazy” candidates from the margins after the election amongst the stories of Halloween antics in Shibuya.

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long-ruling conservatives seek a fresh start.

LDP under Kishida is unable to have a " fresh" start since he is just a puppet of the 3 A,s.

kibousha - well said.

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Some real dunces running for (re) election. Our local character’s main pledge is to make plastic bags free again.

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Can't vote, but I hope all goes well with who ever wins. Good Luck Japan.

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Is this a 'great reset'?

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I am paying attention to Amari who is the LDP manager but is reportedly at risk to be reelected from Kanagawa electoral district 13.

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This article is dissapointg.

And a honeymoon refers to a month of drinking mead/ honey wine and fornicating for a whole month.It has diddly squat to do with any electoral process or politics whatsoever !

Kishida plans are definitely a revolving door of vague uncertainty and stupendous promises of a sensational and monumental myopic vision for Japan's future.

He can cover his nose with a mask but can't find a suit jacket that fits long arms

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A "fresh start" with the same old grumpy faces in the cabinet that are always there, none of whom are actually qualified for their posts, just shuffled around in a periodic game of musical chairs.

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It’s Halloween and the LDP members are dressing up as honest people. Hopefully, the voters can see through the lies and vote more of these people out of their positions. It’s only a fresh start of the 自由飲酒党 loses. Good luck to the non LDP members

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Alexa, define "fresh".

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Our local character’s main pledge is to make plastic bags free again.

A bit late, as this is being flaunted left right and centre.

As long as the plastic bag has no handles, it's not a レジ袋, right?

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Fresh like my socks after a game of soccer, are the LDP, which have manage to take Japan from the top of OECD positive social indicators for a healthy society to near the bottom, competing with Greece. So let's elect the same lot and expect something different.

Kishida, 64, has pledged to issue a fresh stimulus package worth tens of trillions of yen to counter the impact of the pandemic on the world's third-largest economy.

Read this to mean a new package of corporate welfare handouts, as part of the ongoing class war, that will just increase the wealth gap. An example is an increase in spending to boost the profits of companies in the war industry sector.

He has also outlined plans to distribute wealth more fairly under a so-called "new capitalism", although details so far remain vague.

Read this to mean, a rebranding of Abenomics and the neoliberal policies that have a led to a huge increase in the number of working poor and a rise in precarious work.

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Just leave me and my family alone, do that I’d be happy to vote.

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Fresh like natto.

Stinky gooey and full of hot air

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I always look for a fresh start after drinking party, but it only last about a week till the next one happens.

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The headline is nothing but clickbait (worked on me though). No-one is gullible enough to think that the few months of Kishida's tenure have anything to do with a "fresh start". That's literally the opposite of what the LDP stands for. In the very likely event that they don't get voted out, the will continue with their neoliberal business as usual.

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Fresh like natto. Stinky gooey and full of hot air

Poor natto....being compared to LDP.

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Still @Yotomaya 12:02pm it is impressive that JT did change their accompanying photo to a more impartial, general photo based on earlier comments!

*- @snowymountainhell 8:06am: “2nd election weekend edition in a row where only one particular party’s member is depicted?” [Prime Minister Fumio Kishida Photo: AFP] - *

Photo Updated 10:36am: “A voter casts a ballot in the lower house election at a polling station in Tokyo on Sunday.  Photo: AP/Eugene Hoshiko

- @Yotomaya 12:02pm: “The headline is nothing but clickbait (worked on me though). No-one is gullible enough to think that the few months of Kishida's tenure have anything to do with a "fresh start". That's literally the opposite of what the LDP stands for. In the very likely event that they don't get voted out, the will continue with their neoliberal business as usual.

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Oh, please! Fresh start at what? doing the same thing?

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A nail-biting election?

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LDP have historical support margin lead over opposition parties. I predict a LDP landslide and ruling coalition 2/3 majority. I doubt LDP would lose any seats.

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There's absolutely zero chance of change.

Some of our friends who are young and will vote are going LDP....because 'They are powerful'....and that's all.

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"New Capitalism" sounds like another "Three Arrows" to me.

Unfulfillable promises still win parliament seats, though. Just ask the eternal-name-changing Opposition party, who are also serially guilty of making eternal promises they cannot possibly hope to deliver.

("Fresh start! We were New Party Sakigake and Socialists, now we're called the Democrat Party...Fresh Start! Now we're the Democratic Party of Japan...Fresh Start! Now we're the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan...next election...Fresh Start??" Same people, same predictable policy promises!)

Plus what with the rain, and being Halloween, and bedridden Governor Koike's party suddenly pulling out of the race for not "being ready enough"...seems like this might be the type of election in which only the "base" reliably turn out. (And typically. the LDP/Komeito have a larger, more-reliable base).

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But Japan's 106 million voters have "struggled to get excited about the new prime minister", said Stefan Angrick, a senior economist at Moody's Analytics.

Around 17% of people have voted at 13:00 In Tokyo, so voters don’t look too excited. Hopefully it picks up by evening!

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Put together a few catchy empty slogans - win election - then later, at a fancy ginza restaurant or bar, find out from the oyaji overlords what to do.

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a sad and pathetic joke is what the whole situation is

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The ruling Liberal Democratic Party have had more fresh starts than a J league football club.

Political inertia, ground hog day, for the foreseeable future.

Only three of my younger family members are bothering to vote, the majority enjoying a BBQ.      

They might as well be throwing there futures over the fire and smoke.

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blahblah222Today  01:14 pm JST

LDP have historical support margin lead over opposition parties. I predict a LDP landslide and ruling coalition 2/3 majority. I doubt LDP would lose any seats.

Why's that? No one else seems to think so.

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you can't be the incumbent and seek a fresh start. That's not how this works

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Why's that? No one else seems to think so.

Just look at the party support data trends.

https://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/hst/poll/graph_seitou.html

The media and pollsters have no idea what they are talking about when they are predicting LDP would lose seats. They are just trying to make it seem like there's a competition for the foreign press imo. It will be a crushing victory for the LDP. With the turnout seemingly lower, LDP should be winning big and undoubtedly take more than 2/3 of the seats.

LDP supporters are always more loyal and will come out to vote. Opposition parties have barely any base supporters and would struggle to get anyone to vote for them.

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Japan votes as ruling party seeks fresh start

You mean like turning your underwear inside out for the tenth time and wearing them again for a week?

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I was out voting and in my neck of the woods NHK was there at the exit trying to accost people. Not for filming, either. They asked me which announcer I liked the best (!?). I was confused but it was raining so I didn't stick around longer than I had to.

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Old wine in an old bottle. Stagnation, incompetence, lies, corruption, failure, decline; that's the fresh start.

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Not even eligible to vote has the advantage of not at all being responsible for the outcome. lol

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blahblah222Today  04:35 pm JST

Why's that? No one else seems to think so.

Just look at the party support data trends.

https://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/hst/poll/graph_seitou.html

The media and pollsters have no idea what they are talking about when they are predicting LDP would lose seats.

Why do you trust the poll you've pasted a link to and not any other ones?

They are just trying to make it seem like there's a competition for the foreign press imo.

Why would they bother?

It will be a crushing victory for the LDP. With the turnout seemingly lower, LDP should be winning big and undoubtedly take more than 2/3 of the seats.

With an extremely bland, newly-appointed prime minister who just spouts platitudes, a nine-year record of scandals, mismanagement and incompetence, and opposition parties coordinating their efforts, I think an LDP landslide is extremely unlikely.

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Fresh start??? Does the politicians means that they were not working at all???

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Simon Foston, in any other country I would agree with you wholeheartedly but Japan? Hmmmmm?

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“A fresh start” - for whom?

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Depending on Amari elected or not eventually fresh start means

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Fresh start with same old policies…lol !

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