Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Time for a change?

The campaign is now formally underway. Here in Japan there is an election on 30th August. One party, the Liberal Democratic Party, has been in power almost constantly for the last 50 years. But now there is a distinct possibility that another party, the Democratic Party of Japan, might gain power. Election campaigns are a big - an noisy - event in Japan. There are of course all the usual posters and leaflets pushed through doors. We even had a visit from one of our local candidates the other day. But the thing you notice - and hear - most is the constant noise of messages broadcast over tannoys attached to the top of cars as the politicians drive round the streets, often accompanied by white-gloved, waving ladies in the back seats. Will the DPJ's Mr Hatoyama become Prime Minister? We'll find out at the end of this month.

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