While the establishment political parties in Japan keep on with business as usual the people seem busy making change all around them. Osaka saw a new governor and mayor running on an independent “restoration association” platform that aimed to end nuclear power and work for related needed changes. Now that group has larger ambitions to field 300 new candidates for the national Diet with a goal of obtaining 200 seats.
The youngest ever female mayor was recently elected to the capital city of Shiga prefecture. She ran as an independent against the 70 year old male incumbent. This makes Shiga prefecture the only one to have both a female governor and mayor. Ms. Koshi graduated from Hokkaido university before attending Harvard and working as a lawyer in the US.
Political commentators who are more versed in Japanese politics than we are have accused the political system of being predominated too much by old men and that this is part of the problem with unresponsive politics.
With the quick growth of protest groups and citizens having to take much of the safety systems into their own hands, the political landscape could prove interesting to watch.
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