Ahh. Incumbency is a beautiful thing. Just hang around long enough and people get kinda used to you and maybe, just maybe, will miss you when you're gone (that's Our Man's 40-year plan to overnight success).
You may have forgotten that Abiko, the cradle of Northwest Chiba Prefecture Civilisation, is voting for its leader next week.
Exciting, huh? Well, it might be marginally interesting if the challenger had a hope in hell of upsetting the pork and apple sauce cart of incumbency. The "competition" is between machine pol Mayor Gnasher Hoshino and councillor Show-me-the Muneo but nobody seems to know Muneo's name. Certainly not Our Man's mole at City Hall. But don't worry, the Japanese have a quaint tradition of putting up pics of Our Would-Be Superiors on signboards like the one below, snapped by Our Man yesterday.
Er, let Our Man run that by you again.
Seven days to D-Day, but we don't have a clue who could lead us ashore.
Guess we all better go with the pair of steady hands. That would be the name-known incumbent who has the funds to print full-page pullouts in the Yomiuri.
Membership has it's privileges.
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