Not only is it the World Cup final tomorrow, but Japan also goes to the polls. You want a prediction? Well, all the talk is of whether Paul the Octopus has called it right (Spain). However (that means "but" for folk who get paid by the inch - ed) readers of this blog come here for the J-politics. Yawn. So here's Our Man's focus-group prediction:
The DPJ will win whatever they need (54 seats in the Upper House elections?) to wrestle power from the octopus of indifference (see what Our Man did there? And he doesn't even get paid for this shit).
Our Man's focus group at the izakaiya comprised Our Two Daughters in Abiko, Our Woman in Abiko and Our Mother-in-Law in Abiko. The two daughters were at least aware something was going on tomorrow, and Our Woman, nonpartisan lady that she is, thought she'd probably vote DPJ. But the key is Our Mother-In-Law. A 68-year-old Yomiuri-reader who has voted LDP all her life, including for Aso last time round, was going to switch to the DPJ. Why?
The one thing she credited the DPJ with was their war on graft and the bureaucrats. Sure, they may be ineffectual and hardly very pure themselves, but at least they were trying - on prime time TV. And that was good enough for her to vow never to vote LDP again.
So, Our Man calls it DPJ 2-0 LDP.
Pass the tako-yaki.
Pic lifted from here.