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I presume these surveys are multiple-choice.... so this isn't about what people think, more like "choose your preferred banality from these options".... blah blah blah

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In the nationwide telephone survey conducted on Saturday and Sunday, 29.6 percent of respondents said they will vote for the LDP

Less than 30% is popular? Beside that 40% of voters still undecided.

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This is what you get when you have the same party in control for so long, might as well not even have an election.

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Disgusting, so many people walking around with blinders, lemmings!

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I’d like to see politicians show even one redeeming quality of actually being close to a recognisable human being. A robot with a tap recorder inside it has more warmth, empathy and understanding of what being human is.

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I hope for less noisy campaigns. There is nothing else but keeping calling a candidate's name and begging for votes on the streets.

Please arrange more public cross-firing debates. With online tech and under the anti-virus measure, debating opportunities can be more available for key candidates (even though physically far away from each other) while the voters can access the session.

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First you would have to introduce the concept of debate!

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Hopefully the LDP will get the thrashing they so well deserve.

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Lmao maybe one day the population starts caring about politics and vote the right group.

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Do you know abstaining is actually a vote for LDP.

With them having a higher base than any other party not voting is a mandate to have LDP continue it's rule with no change. Kishida has shown us recently that all he will do is "urge" and that he will continue the same policies as the previous administrations. Including releasing toxic water into the fishing grounds.

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Some things just never change in good ol' Japan huh

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The opposition have veen gifted a goal in the 6-yard box, with no goalkeeper to beat. They surely can't miss this. Unless of course the electorate is just lazy or dumb. Oh wait....

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45.2 percent said they want the ruling party and opposition forces to be evenly matched

Think about that - what does it mean?

sounds to me like people don’t want government to have the ability to do anything.

It might be a fine thing.

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That's because LDP have got this on a formula. Educate kids to be really brainwashed. Then come election time, repeatedly bring up issues with abduction, Dokdo, comfort women, military spending. Et voila, the LDP is popular again. Ain't matter if government is printing more money or average Joe is becoming African poor.

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I don’t get it. What is that pose? Who came up with that garbage?

They don’t even show who the opponents are. Why even have an “election?”

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Educate kids to be really brainwashed. 

Important point… do we really want government in charge of educating children?

If it were North Korea or China people would have not qualms about dismissing it, but in our western democracies we seem to have a presumption that the government backed education will be appropriate?

We need to teach children how to think, not what to think.

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I don’t get it. What is that pose? Who came up with that garbage?

Vote for the same party over and over and expect a different result? What would Einstein say? The evidence of the historical record clearly shows: voter garbage in, politician garbage out. But who reads history nowadays?

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It does depend on where the people live. If those 30% all live clustered together in the same area then LDP would only get a handful of seats. I hope those 40% "undecided" choose the path of change over the current status quo.

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Unfortunately a very apathetic society,fear of the outside and a deeply and rooted conservatism keep the LDP for over 70 years with almost no interruption at the helm of the country.

It makes me sad to say so but the majority of the people in this country don't have a full conception of democracy.

Again,nothing will ever change.

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As others have posted, that imaginary fist bump chain is pathetic. Its basically a metaphor of themselves. All appearance, yet no actually unity and substance.

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Talking to a few people about this, I’ve come to a conclusion. LDP is going to win. Men and women who want change but know nothing is going to get better with them in power are afraid to risk the “stability”. It won’t be this election that we say goodbye to the LDP unfortunately. It’ll be at least another cycle before people decide they’ve had enough.

That’s just my prediction based on what I’ve heard from people so far.

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Most popular is undecided, not the LDP. Even says so in the article. Why lie in the title? Note they say the percentage of undecided but not the percentage of LDP. It's just media manipulation

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Are there really any difference between the parties in Japan? It's LDP or slightly altered versions of the LDP, but just as ineffective.

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Nearly 40% ?

Why can't they say how it is in Japan about anything.

Of course they are undecided.

not until after will they decide.

Even tho someone else has made the decision for them anyway.

Ah well

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Are there really any difference between the parties in Japan? It's LDP or slightly altered versions of the LDP, but just as ineffective.

Yep, even the Japanese commies look like the LDP. Still, for the sake of the health and future viability of Japanese democracy, the country's clone-like political parties badly need a big shake out so I'd love to see what the JCP would do different.

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Are there really any difference between the parties in Japan?

Japan Innovation Party is the only one I see talking about reforming the existing Showa era systems of the country.

The rest are indeed like the LDP arguing over whether to spend 20 trillion or 30 trillion and on what.

Things will need to get worse before reforms are finally welcomed though.

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Regarding the most important factor in their vote, economic policy was the top answer at 34.7 percent, followed by coronavirus measures at 19.4 percent, social welfare at 16.5 percent and measures for child-rearing and declining birthrate at 7.8 percent.

Well it seems the only people at home or out and and not busy enough to answer the telephone of an unknown number we’re old people! Likely a very skewered result obtained. What was the age demographic of the respondents? That may help put these results in perspective. Another useless and meaningless survey and as such pointlessly reported on.

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Say whatever you want.

Most of us here don't have the right to vote in Japanese elections anyways.

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Fumio Kishida vs Yukio Edano.

Japan has already won if the elections bow down to these two.

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Why are they doing the Maypole dance?

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Welcome to Japan, a country where the ruling party can suppress testing during a pandemic to hold an international event most people don't want, dither and cover up for almost a decade about a nuclear crisis, blatantly engage in cronyism and bribery (while obviously avoiding investigation), erode press freedom and continuously make income inequality worse, but instead of voting them out or taking to the streets, a big part of the electorate is 'undecided'. True, such as society isn't susceptible to a populist taking power who'll promise they'll 'sort things out' while lining their own pockets and quickly make things even worse for most of its country's residents. However, the result here is that things are deteriorating only slowly enough that those in power don't have to fear anything, which is ultimately not a good thing, probably.

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a vote for the LDP is a continuation on the same downward spiral

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You mean, there’s an opposition party?! Who? Where?

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It is only when Japanese get out of Japan for extended periods do they really realise how lacking certain aspects of Japanese society really are.

Unfortunately, many do not.

Also, when the prospects of a stable economic future for children are lower than those of their parents then something is definitely wrong.

The LDP is more than happy to place the people on zero hour contracts for 1000 yen an hour until they keel over and expire.

How nice it is to be ‘governed’….

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Unless an opposition party emerges that can be supported, there will be no change of government.

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Kishida-san is the only one who can win this election. He knows how to win. His career is about winning. Then, the economy will grow from the Kishida spirited economy. We can expect a better time in the willows. It is our time for Kishida. Do not vote unlike him.

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Regarding the photo, it is clearly an attempt to engage younger voters by having an electric eel dance competition...

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Kishida-san is the only one who can win this election. He knows how to win. His career is about winning.

After decades of same-old same-old LDP rule over a gerrymandered Japan, there must be millions of us truly sick and tired of all this winning.

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That is what happens when you have pre-elections for your political party only on TV and other media forms using the taxpayers money before the actual election. It also does not hurt to manipulate covid infections numbers right before the election by preventing the true number of infections from being counted on the official records.

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Most popular is: No Choice.

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NHK's latest poll


LDP 38.8

CDPJ 6.6

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Quote ''It's only when Japanese get out of Japan for extended periods do they really realise how lacking certain aspects of Japanese society really are.

Yeah... You'll immediately realize how many things we do better then your own country.

Including handling Covid when we have a high density of people and the oldest on earth, life expectancy highest, less prisoners, less gun violence, polite people, clean country.

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Sorry, but I simply don't trust "random phone calls" to people who are hanging around, willing to gab in the middle of the workweek. Who are these people?

The ones who are too busy to answer the phone are probably more representative of the nation...which shows in that they mostly refused to answer their cell phones (only 38% bothered to answer). And the vast reliance on "home phones" skews in my opinion the viewpoints right away to the wealthier, more stable (read: older) segments of the population...so....LDP "wins" in this "poll."

In a nutshell, this is NHK doing nothing more than what they do best: leaning in to offer up favorable viewpoints supporting whomever is running the circus!

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