Our Man doesn't get it.
Read the press, check the blogs or, like Our Man, just read a tweet or two and blag the rest, but was this Big Lection the End of Days for the DPJ that everyone is screaming? To be fair, this chap ain't screaming, but he does capture the gist, that the DPJ lost big time; read between the lines of the Gomiuri and you'd figure all is lost for progressive politics in this backwater of people power; the sooner Japan gets back to making railroads and forgets this whole Experiment with Democracy the better for the advanced states that Know Democracy. Like Arizona.
Hold on a mo.
1. This is a frigging midterm election for the Upper House of Whatsits. If it were the day in the life of a truck stop it would be equivalent to deciding whether to have peach or apple cobbler with your meat loaf and grits.
2. Ruling parties always lose seats in midterm elections, in any country you care to mention outside hermit states (North Korea and Mississippi).
3. Japan just had the most ineffectual leader since, er, well the last one, and the DPJ severely cocked up just about everything.
4. And still, the ruling DPJ lost just 10 seats of the 54 it had up for grabs. It didn't even have the majority before, so it didn't lose its majority, and it is still the single biggest party with 106 seats to the Dark Side's 84.
OK, passing anything will be a hassle, but it was going to be anyway under this lot, so what's really changed?