Well, Our Man was hoping to be a bit wiser this morning about the victory of another LDP candidate (they are the bad guys, remember?) over the supposedly unstoppable forces of change (that would be the DPJ). Seems one of the black-dyed forces of evil has won the governor's race in Akita Prefecture. But none of the uber-bloggers who usually knows what's going on appears to have time on their hands to consider the northern county famed for, er, its apples. So, Our Man will just have to wing it.
None of the reports Our Man has seen bothered to relay information like final vote tallies and Our Man doesn't have the time to research whether Akita Prefecture is a rotten borough, but methinks the place probably is no people's republic of Islington judging from this about the winner (from here):
Descended from an Akita domain lord from the Edo Period, Norihisa Satake is the 21st head of the Satakekita family.
Does this amount to a hill of beans? Dunno. But it might be time to push forward the expected date of the General Election. How 'bout them apples?