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Myriad of new parties confusing voters

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By Yuri Kageyama

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I wish some of the selfish planning to vote for the LDP would be "confused" into voting for some of the candidates of other parties!

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Sitting on the fence and inability to decide on anything is a national sport in Japan..why should elections be any different ?

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Buzz? What buzz? My students are groaning about the situation and the lack of viable choices. Even one of my dedicated LDP oji-chans doesn't want to go back to the future with Abe.

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They are doing harcore campaigning at my station today.... was given a flyer by on of their workers and taken hand in hand for handshakes! They seemed to not care that I was not Japanese!

They had green coats on the left, yellow on the right and the reds blocking the entrance to the gates as they all screamed through their megaphones!!

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Yeah, I was harassed at three station on my way to work this morning. Jumping into my face and trying to give me flyers while some clown was blurting out rubbish through a megaphone. It is going to be a big day for Japan tomorrow. Let's hope the outcome is a step forward and not back to the old ways that created this mess in the first place.

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Here is your answer "“It’s after the election that action is expected, with all the small parties, as though the dice will be rolled all over again,” said Tetsuro Kato, professor of political science at Waseda University in Tokyo." so the election itself is a farce, its all aimed to confuse the public. The media has led the public to believe the LDP is going to roller coaster a huge win, on which is now back tracking or softening their rhetoric, because, now they(the media) themselves are confused of how its going to turn out. Because next week , the diet will look the same , same politicians , and the same bureaucrats doing the same as they've always done. There should only be a maximum of 3 or 4 political parties, each with a set mandate. Aimed at all voters, regardless of age or gender. The education system teaching students political sciences, teaching them,that they can make a difference. Because at the moment they believe no one cares, no one wants to listen to what they have to say. Politics and the system worldwide needs change,its flawed, its not transparent enough, trust in government and politics has broken down. There has to be a fix , but I don't have the answer.

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One party not mentioned above is the one from Hokkaido that is led by Muneo Suzuki, a former Liberal Democratic Party member. Suzuki was recently released from prison and told he cannot run for public office again for five years. Yet here we see his mug everywhere where the leaders of the 12 competing parties get together for debates. Why does he keep popping up all over the place? Well, he is the "leader" of his small party and he has one, two or more people running in the election. Although he is not running, we see him over and over again because he is the "leader" of a party.

I feel that the judge should have told ex-con Suzuki to stay away from politics forever. Among the many things he did in the past as an LDP member was to build money-losing places that he put his name on for public display. And here he is again ... involved in politics ...

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I've found this election cycle to be pleasantly devoid of a lot of the usual rabble and megaphones, but I don't live near any major station, so I guess that's a big part of it.

Anyway, the sad point about this is that the people who are likely to be confused are those searching for a viable alternative to the two main parties, and even more confused if they want to avoid voting for the ultra-nationalists in the 'Future Party'. People who want to go back to Uncle Enteritis (Abe) or keep the Loach in control won't be confused at all.

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edojin: "One party not mentioned above is the one from Hokkaido that is led by Muneo Suzuki, a former Liberal Democratic Party member. Suzuki was recently released from prison and told he cannot run for public office again for five years. Yet here we see his mug everywhere where the leaders of the 12 competing parties get together for debates. Why does he keep popping up all over the place?"

One of the major problems in Japanese society is that they actually don't care in many cases about history record and performance, or qualifications for that matter, so long as the person is home grown. Suzuki, as you mentioned, is a convicted felon, and yet the people in his Hokkaido constituent still lament his having to leave politics and want him back again. The only reason is that he's from there. Same with Ishihara in Tokyo. Same with Hatoyama. And it's not only politics, but celebrities as well. Doesn't matter what crime they commit or how bad a job they do -- if they're from you're neighbourhood they will more or less always be heroes there. So long as that continues, so will the corruption and worse.

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the Japanese are confused by any choices..... life is much simpler simply being told what to do.....

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what i think of the what the politician say in japan/ blah blah blah blah blah blah blah/ thank you.

vote for me

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Myriad of new parties confusing voters

shouganai :)))

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I am surprised that some of these parties have sprung up the last few weeks! Talk about last minute...no wonder people are confused.

If I were Japanese I would be quite apathetic about the whole process

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And the world is watching helplessly. There is nothing we can do to help J. politics tanking deeper to dysfunction.

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