It's hard to fathom as a Brit accustomed to the perverse whims of Prime Ministers becoming national policy thanks to the elective dictatorship of one party in control of the government and the legislature (spit it out Our Man - Ed.), but here in Japan a little elective dictatorship is precisely what's needed to shake up the bureaucrats who have been running the show for donkeys. Well, seems the asses are out on their asses (10 points for cleverness - Ed.) already - the "vice ministers" who have been convening for official policy-making meetings twice a week since the 19th century - get this - held their last meeting yesterday.
Shame that they have decided to continue meeting secretly though, and told everyone as much. Dohhh!
Picture of gratuitous "robot" vacuum cleaner and woman (hey, would you prefer to look at a Japanese bureaucrat?) lifted from here.