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|From Tokyo Prefectural Assembly Election|
10:10pm – DPJ set to become top party in the assembly, with LDP and Komeito 2nd and 3rd. Not sure if this means the Komeito will defect and actually govern with DPJ.
10:13pm – DPJ has so far picked up 8 seats from previous election. Things will get messy if the LDP/Komeito coalition cannot hold a majority together.
10:25pm – The secretary general (幹事長) of the LDP’s prefectural chapter loses his assembly seat! Shigeru Uchida of Chiyoda-ku. First time LDP has lost a seat there since 1959. Tokyo Shimbun blames higher turnout for his demise. Also it’s easier to kick him out since Chiyoda is a single member district.
10:32 – While we are waiting you can check out these pics of the Adachi-ku polling station (I took them before a dude told me to stop – apparently that is not allowed)
|From Tokyo Prefectural Assembly Election|
10:34 – Things are not looking good for former porn star “gravure idol” (read: soft-core porn star) Mai Goto who was running from Shinjuku. Here’s her campaign poster courtesy Ken Worsley:
10:40 – New preliminary results for Adachi-ku – DPJ’s Satoru Onishi in the lead with other credible candidates holding steady. Still a nailbiter to see if DPJ or LDP will come out with two seats.
10:42 – There was another election today, for mayor of Nara city. And the DPJ candidate won there too! Check Tokyo Shimbun for a gleeful Gen Nakagawa.
10:49 – Sankei is reporting that DPJ won six of the seven single member districts.
10:51 – Adachi-ku is way behind schedule. But it’s kind of understandable. While it’s clear DPJ’s Onishi won a seat, there are six other candidates who appear about even. Since there are only six seats total, one of those six will have to lose. My bet is it’ll be Asako the “samurai conservative” independent
10:55 – NHK is calling another winner in Adachi-ku: DPJ’s Katsuhiro Suzuki! That means both DPJ candidates nabbed seats from Adachi.
10:57 – Current standings: LDP – 25
DPJ – 50
Komeito – 17
JCP – 4
Too bad the DPJ didn’t run more candidates – they might have been able to win an outright majority by themselves!
11:00 – NHK is reporting more Adachi-ku results: LDP’s Masatsugu Mihara won a seat. He was someone I predicted would lose. Oops!
11:02 – Tokyo Shimbun has great pic of the local LDP leader who lost his seat in Chiyoda-ku:
11:07 – According to NHK, ex-porn star Mai Goto is officially a loser in Shinjuku-ku.
11:10 – On the national scene, DPJ is gearing up to file a no-confidence motion against Aso, and LDP members are leaning toward kicking Aso out rather than an early election. Aso is sticking to the line that this election does not matter and that the party should keep him on through the election, whenever it might be.
11:15 – DPJ now 5 seats away from an outright majority. (Correction – that’s DPJ plus other opposition parties)
In Adachi-ku, Nobuyuki Nakayama of Komeito won a seat.
11:19 – Final two Adachi-ku seats announced: Yoshie Oshima from the commies and Haruhisa Tomotoshi from Komeito. My predictions were 5 for 6 – not too shabby!
11:30 – I am very saddened to hear that the anko factory owner Naoki Takashima lost his seat! Maybe he can dedicate his free time to perfecting his bean paste recipe and finally mastering how to type Japanese using romaji.
11:33 – Final vote tallies for Adachi-ku (in order of vote totals):
- Suzuki Katsuhiro (DPJ) – 47,245
- Satoru Onishi (DPJ) – 45,208
- Masatsugu Mihara (LDP) – 37,612
- Nobuyuki Nakayama (Komeito) – 34,200
- Haruhisa Tomotoshi (Komeito) – 34,159
- Yoshie Oshima (JCP) – 34,130
- Naoki Takashima (LDP) – 32,895
- Osato Ichikawa (Independent) – 12,579
- Mitsuhisa Asako – 9,213
- Sachiko Miyamoto – 2,115
Only the top six won seats. The rest will have to find real jobs.
PS: over 2000 people voted for the Happy party! I’ll have to watch my back in Adachi-ku from now on…
11:40 – NHK is calling it – the DPJ and other opposition parties will end the night with a majority in the assembly.
Impressions: The people in Tokyo have just about had it with the LDP name. Not only has the LDP-Komeito coalition’s performance in national policymaking done little to inspire confidence, in Tokyo they’ve become synonymous with wanting to destroy Tsukiji Market, a world-famous landmark, and move it to a potentially unsafe location. They’re also the ones behind the bailout of the disastrous Singinko Tokyo, a bank that was set up using mostly taxpayer money and became a haven for bad loans. Those factors combined with heightened interest in this election thanks to the media’s description of the race as a major political landmark leading into the general election. As DPJ leader Yukio Hatoyama took pleasure in repeating, this was the perfect chance for Tokyo voters to cast a vote against the status quo.
I am going to bed now, but I will leave you with the music that was playing when Mrs. Adamu cast her ballot.
(for some reason they were playing music box オルゴール music at the polling station)