Well, as Curzon said: the party’s over. Last night the ruling party of Japan’s 54 year streak of power was finally broken. One could say that a political earthquake has struck Nagata-cho. Or that a tsunami has left them washed up. Or a typhoon has blown a wind of Change™ through the halls of power. No matter how many hackneyed phrases I use I will never measure up to the amazing political coverage provided live on uStream last night by the guys at Trans-Pacific Radio and Mutantrog. Their guerilla pundit show was most excellent. I was amazed at the depth of knowledge these guys had of all the local politicians. I have been long fascinated with international politics and political philosophy, but the minutiae of electoral politics has never been very appealing to me. I also never collected baseball cards. It must be a personality type.
In the age of the internet, when domestic and international politics cross lines all the time, not having a grounding in at the lowest level of political analysis is a weakness. That is something I am aware of, and also the reason I read and listen to the gents at TPR and MF, along with our other blogfriend Observing Japan to get indepth English language commentary on Japanese politics. You should too. Last night the LDP received a royal kick in the knads from the Japanese public, and it was all the more enjoyable with the informed commentary of the TPR, MF and OJ crew. Thanks lads.