Politics Honest Abe
posted by July 30 at 10:30 AMon
Japanese politics are going a little crazy right now, since the country lost this guy:
and these guys (including new prime minister Shinzo Abe, on the right) took over:
Now everything kind of looks like this:
You can read more about it here (the story includes Japan’s youngest leader since WWII, a Cabinet minister who hanged himself, and a day of voting that’s being called “the Revenge of the Middle Classes”).
But this is the detail that snagged my attention:
On the island of Shikoku, historically the conservative heartland, all four contested seats were wrested from the ruling party.
In Ehime, one of the longest-serving veterans of the Liberal Democratic Party was ousted by a 32-year-old professional footballer who was described by his own campaigners as “not necessarily the right man for the job.”
Man. That’s gotta hurt.