The Liberal Democrats have ruined the country! It’s time for change!

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I am of course talking about the Japanese election. The left-leaning Democratic Party of Japan looks set to beat the right-wing Liberal Democrat Party which has been in power almost continuously for half a century (making Labour’s 18 years in opposition seem quite puny!).

The Japanese economy is in a bit of a state and its politics is similarly messy. Many figures in the DPJ are former LDPers who simply jumped ship when they got fed up with the Lib Dem faction fighting. There is corruption in both parties and too many political dynasties. There is also a widespread sense that elected politicians are less powerful than the massive state bureaucracy.

However, I am pretty confident that the Paintbrush line will be to welcome the DPJ victory. This is because:

  • One party being in government for 50 years cannot be healthy for a democracy.
  • The DPJ talks about some nice things like improving consumers’  and workers’ rights and reforming Japan’s corporatist society.
  • The LDP contains too many nationalistic politicians who refuse to accept that Japan committed war crimes during WW2.
  • The DPJ works closely with the Social Democratic Party of Japan, our comrades in the Socialist International.

The Japanese Social Democrats are quite a small party. They seem sound enough in terms of policies, but their history of support for North Korea has not endeared them to the voters!

Here’s some more Japanese political mentalism:

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