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Japan's PM Dissolves Parliament, Calls Elections

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posted on Jul, 20 2009 @ 11:29 PM

TOKYO — Japan's prime minister has dissolved the powerful lower house of parliament and called national elections.

The speaker of the lower house announced the move Tuesday, setting the stage for a vote that could trigger a rare change in Japan's political leadership. Aso has said he will call the national vote for Aug. 30.


Wow i wasn't expecting this to happen

I wonder what this has in store for the future.

posted on Jul, 20 2009 @ 11:34 PM
So is this something that goes against the Constitution of Japan or is it legal for the guy to do this?
This seems like they have an interesting situation on their hands and it seems likely to be the first time this has happened in all of likeliness. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

posted on Jul, 20 2009 @ 11:36 PM

Well it seems that some people still have some integrity in politics. I guess they figure they screwed up majorly and its time to try something new.

I wish them well on their endeavors.

posted on Jul, 21 2009 @ 02:33 AM
It is legal for this to happen but the PM hasn't called a snap election like this in 57 years. The LDP, which has basically had a monopoly on Japanese politics since 1945, is going to be overrun in parliament by the Democratic party for the first time ever. This is like the Washington Generals beating the Harlam Globtrotters.

It has the potential to signify significant change in Japan. The country is truly suffering, especially the zones outside Tokyo. There is real anger and desperation brewing. The downdraft in Japan has been steeper and harsher than in the US or the Eurozone...and this in the nation that has been in a mild 20-year state of economic malaise anyway.

On the other hand, the truth of the matter is Japan is controlled by the Kanryo and not the politicians. These are the people at the Ministry of so-and-so, lifers who don't care who the politicians are. The current governement of Japan was created by McArtthur and the GHQ/occupation forces to be politically weak as a safeguard during the occupation, and thus the real power went to the people who "actually got stuff done": The technocrats who run the electricity and sewer lines and so on. Also, the big corporatate combines like Mitsubishi...huge networks of gigagntic export-companies centered on a massive bank...officially this extremely efficient zaibatsu system was dismantled after WWII, but unofficially the connections to make things happen exist to this day.

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