Another day, another TV program. Following yesterday's internet debate, party leaders this morning presented themselves on NHK's regular Sunday morning political show, 'Leaders' Debate'. Again, Koike was forced to defend her leadership positions, her ability to handle campaigning and City Hall (no-one seems to ask the PM how he handles campaigning and running the country...).
|Koike defending her position, again|
PM Abe lasted just a year in office in 2007, resigning citing ill-health. It will be interesting to see if his health withstands the pressure of the next few weeks.
And in this era of election by opinion polls, we will be inundated by all sorts of polls over the next two weeks (yes, just two weeks). One released over night show the LDP out in the lead among those who nominate a party; an almost equal number remain uncommitted, undecided or uninterested. On the other hand, just two points separate Kibo, Constitutional Dems and the Communists, 14.7, 13.5 and 12.7 respectively. (サンデイー毎日). This is going to make for interesting jockeying for position...something to watch.