The blog of Tokyo based photographer and photojournalist, Damon Coulter


Houser of Councillors election candidate posters in Tokyo, Japan. Tuesday July 16th 2013Yoshiro Nakamatsu campaigning in, Japan. Tuesday July 16th 2013

More electioneering today along with the beautiful Mitama Matsuri at Yasukuni Shrine.

Busy day!

This election provides so many choices  for the man in the top images who is checking the names and faces of the candidates. A total of 433 candidates have registered for 121 open seats in the Japanese House of Councillors election this year.

The ruling LDP led coalition needs sixty-three of those places to gain a majority that could  lead the politics of Japan back into the single party dominance of the past. Something they are predicted to do despite the number of other choices available to voters.

This is good news for the Abe’s aims to amend the constitution and resume nuclear power generation. Basically with a commanding majority he can do whatever he wants.

There are a few independents around that could upset the numbers though  Of course there is Taru Yamamoto as in my last post. There are smaller parties too and some colourful characters that offer broad degrees of seriousness and otherwise to most of Japan’s political events.

None perhaps more colourful than Yoshiro Nakamatsu however (in the second image.) Known as Doctor Nakamats he is a prolific inventor and TV celebrity well known for entering, and losing, elections. He has stood for the upper house elections before and also run for the Governor of Tokyo twice. The young people coming out of the Mitama matsuri were very happy to see him. It is this sort of star power that attracts votes regardless of his policies. This time he is supported by the powerful, rich  and rather scary Happiness Realisation Party though and their broadly nationalistic agenda.

Let’s hope his luck doesn’t change too much this time round.

Though of course Abe is hoping the same thing.

It’s a dilemma.




2 responses

  1. Lovely shots!

    July 17, 2013 at 4:59 am

  2. Thanks London caller. Some nice photos on your very multi-lingual blog too. Impressed.

    July 17, 2013 at 10:49 pm

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