This Sunday 16th December is Japan's national election.
I can't see a thread on it yet.
I don't follow Japan's politics all that closely but it is mentioned a bit in the Economist which I often read.
As a background there was a big upset in 2009 when the opposition DPJ (Democratic Party of Japan) beat the ruling LDP (Liberal Democratic Party) who were more or less in unbroken power for 50 years.
Things don't seem to have gone well for them and they've called an early election - the LDP looks set to return to power again.
However there seem to be some right-wing breakaway parties who might make significant gains.
They seem to be a lot more beligerent about relations with China, in particular their disputed islands.
Nuclear power and a sales tax are also issues.
Anyone know anything about Japan have anything to add?
It seems a real shame that the established party finally got a defeated and the new ones turned out to be unable to do much better.
BBC News - Japan set for general election