Suppose Our Man should pack up the tinsel and destitute mince pie plate for another year and get this bunker ship shape for the coming War on Error that he is going to lead from the front (of his backside)...
After extensive research A TOP SECRET document has fallen into Our Man's hands. (It fell out of the Yomiuri Shimbun when Our Woman was looking for movie times)
It is The Manifesto of the incumbent Mayor of Abiko, Lord Fortesque of Whoateallthepies, AKA Junichiro Hoshino. It is pictured below. There was nothing much playing at the pictures apart from a long interminable film about unrequited love for Haruki Murakami and the Space Battleship Tomato, so Our Woman kindly decoded The Manifesto for Our Man. Who promptly forgot what she said. But as far as he can remember:
1. The election for Abiko Mayor is Sunday January 23rd.
2. Junichiro "Gnasher" Hoshino is a dentist.
3. He went to Nihon University (don't get excited, so did Our Woman).
4. He wants a town "where people can raise children easily."
5. He wants to extend free medical (presumably including dental) care to all kids up to junior high school age.
6. He cut 89 public jobs, saving the taxpayer ¥600,000,000
7. He doesn't mention his party affiliation anywhere.
Let's see - a mishmash of ideology - socialised medicine on the one hand, cutting public workers on the other. The clue here is point no. 7 - no party mentioned, but money behind his campaign (check out the blockbuster movie on his website) means he must be a member of The Party That Cannot be Named - The Liberal Democratic Party, the former leaders of the country for 50 years who are now even less popular than the current unpopular Democratic Party of Japan.
Click on his Japanese page here, Our Man had no idea what was going on, but judging from the Hollywood movie trailer his moneyed minions made for him, Abiko is Under Attack, possibly from pigeon poop, possibly from overweight dentists standing around in Teganuma Park with sod all to do, YOU DECIDE.
Can hear the Hollywood voice-over now.
One Dentist. One City. One Hour for Lunch. This New Year, Abiko:
IT'S TIME TO OPEN WIDE
Anyway, do check back here later this week for your second appointment for a profile of HIS CHALLENGER (there might be more than one, Our Man hasn't developed the X-rays yet).