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japan votes

Aso on TV all the time. Hatoyama clutching a bunch of mics on the news every day. Politicians outside train stations shouting through megaphones. Vans trundling through neighbourhoods with loudspeakers blaring out. Any one would think there was a general election going on. Oh wait a minute.

The nation is deciding. Now.

It seems that voters face a straight choice between a man:
...from a political and industrial elite
...whose grandfather was prime minister
...whose family founded a giant industrial company
...who studied in the United States
...who studied at an elite university (Stanford)

and a man:
...from a political and industrial elite
...whose grandfather was prime minister
...whose family founded a giant industrial company
...who studied in the United States
...who studied at an elite university (Stanford)

If I was a betting man, I'd put a ton of money on the winner of this election being a man:
...from a political and industrial elite
...whose grandfather was prime minister
...whose family founded a giant industrial company
...who studied in the United States
...who studied at an elite university (Stanford)


The streets are awash with photos of candidates with pleasant smiles and cheesy grins, though the guy in this one looks like he'd rather settle the election in a more physical way than the law currently allows...


Shaping up for a fight?


In the olden days, elections were settled with games of rock, paper, scissors, but more recently, polling stations and voting slips are used.

Polling stations have been open since seven this morning and the early signs are that there could be a record turnout.

Here a young voter arrives at her local polling station to cast her ballot...

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On Sunday, 30 August, 2009, Anonymous Skindy said:

What happened to the squirrel? He was winning by a mile when I last looked. Did he study at Stanford?  



On Monday, 31 August, 2009, Anonymous Scotty.VOR said:

The squirrel might have the edge, but I'll always maintain my vote for Bill. His experience in (industrial) affairs is quite something.

Of course what stands out in my mind was his famous moniker...  



On Monday, 31 August, 2009, Anonymous Patrick said:

Hah! If I could vote, I'd definitely go for Izumi Kenta. He must be an Osaka City police officer.  



On Tuesday, 01 September, 2009, Blogger Baron's Life said:

I think Bill' still the best man for the job...for he's very experienced in affairs of all sorts and kinds  



On Tuesday, 01 September, 2009, Anonymous Lola said:

I would definitely have gone for the squirrel. By far the most appealing to watch on the nightly news, no?

Though I wouldnt mind seeing the showdown between Izumi Kenta and whoever was running against him.  



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