Seems the news keeps getting worse for the incumbent LDP. If they thought their "October surprise" of SMAP calling for impressionable 30-somethings to vote for the powers that be (may Our Man state once more for the record what complete tossers SMAP are) was going to rescue them, they didn't account for the masses of folk who have already voted. As Global Talk 21 points out here, the numbers of ballots already cast is pretty staggering - a record 10 million folk - about 10 percent of the electorate - which spells bad news for the LDP who would want a low turnout to limit their losses. Our Man can vouch that he has heard of queues at Abiko City Hall where absentee ballots could be cast all this week - something previously unheard of.
But if you are a closet LDP-backer (what the hell are you doing here, haven't you been paying attention?) you could hope that a divine wind (the fabled kamikaze) saves the higher-ups. This actually may be the LDP's best bet - a typhoon has been forecast to hit sometime in the next 24 hours.
Wait a minute though, remind Our Man, does bad weather benefit the incumbents or challengers?
Pic lifted from here.