Our Man is confused. Granted, that's not unusual, but he's still a bit foggier than usual about whether he is facing two years in a Japanese clink or not. See, according to Yuri Kageyama's Associated Press piece here, now the official campaign is on for the Upper House of Whatsits, he can't be blogging and tweeting about the election.
That is, candidates and voters are not ALLOWED to tweet or blog in favour of one candidate or another. This apparently does not apply to newspapers who have blogs and twits galore, because otherwise they'd have to print middle-of-the-road pieces about nothing of any significance. And we all know, they'd never do that.
But, m'lud, Our Man is neither a candidate nor a voter in this fair land. That's probably no defence. He still has to pay taxes, even if he is denied any say in how they are spent.
Well, just to be on the safe side, Our Man will not endorse any one candidate over another, instead he would very harmoniously (waaaaaaaaaaaa) advocate NOT VOTING FOR ANY OF THEM. The LDP are evil spent forces, and the DPJ are ineffectual Yankee doodlers who are about to complete their morphification into LDP lite.
Is Our Man breaking the law if he says: "Don't vote for a single last one of 'em" ????
Also, who's to say Our Man didn't file this post from his Top Secret invisible catamaran that he has stocked with Leicester cheese and leggy blondes that he keeps permanently floating in international waters?
And, anyway, these flesh and bone chaps here and here would die of a broken heart if they couldn't blog about the elections. Don't see why a secret agent silhouette lifted from a fancy dress shop can even do hard labour (unless it's typing up advertorials for the Tokyo English shimbuns extolling the virtues of Venezuela and its little tinpot dictator that could).
Anyway, Our Man wouldn't vote for any of 'em, even if he could.
If that means Our Man has to do virtual time, then lend him a dime for his phone call, he's promised first refusal on his story to one Martyn Williams.
Who knew that 14,306 folk (at the time of going to press) would want to watch a homemade karaoke version of Breaking the Law? That's the real story here, people.