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.