Folks popping by here for my take on the election may be disappointed as I'm in the throes of turning these Japan Election Diary notes into a book, should be published within 24 hours. But I will say this:
Abe won, kinda. Yes, yes, his LDP got a landslide and the DPJ dissolved almost into third place behind Ishin no Kai, Ishihara and Hashimoto's variety show. But before we go believing Japan has turned right wing or reactionary or whatever, just bear in mind a few facts:
1. Turnout was abysmal. I think 59 percent of the electorate.
2. Noda of the DPJ held on to his seat.
3. Ozawa got in.
The pendulum of government swung into the reactionary camp, but the country is the same on December 17th as it was on December 16th: disillusioned with its leaders and unhappy with the options it was presented with.
Just need better options. But don't look to me, I can't even vote.
See you tomorrow.