End of the road. Campaigning for tomorrow's election finishes today, by law. It is customary for all the parties to have one final rally, one final throw of the dice, to convince voters to vote for them (or just get out and vote). Previously, last rallies have been timed such that I've managed to get around to look at all of them. Not today though.
|And we are done|
Add to that, the rain. It hasn't really stopped. Umbrellas get in the way of pics at rallies...
|View from the back of the RikkenDs|
|Communist Party truck prepares|
|Communist Party members speaking|
|Shii, leader of the JCP|
|Koike's last dance|
|The weather forecast as backdrop, the sun will shine again soon|
|Ikeuchi's merch and leaflet|
|Koike's last crowd|
|Some media at Shinjuku|
And in this evening's paper, a story showing just how many kms the leaders have clocked up in 12 days: some 70,000km between them. Abe 11833km, Edano 13280 and Koike just 8392 (kind of surprising). And mostly in the rain this week. Really, you have to admire the way these people, not just the leaders but also the candidates, the volunteers, the staff, the supporters, the curious on-lookers get out and about and engage in their democratic process. It is fascinating and a privilege to watch close up.
And now, there is just the result to wait for. Back tomorrow with a wrap up.