Feb 16, 2011

Independents Surge in Japan, Rocking Nascent Two-Party System

From Monsters and Critics:

Landslide victories for independent candidates in local elections in central Japan earlier this month shocked the nation's two major parties and revived public doubt about the nascent two-party system. 'It is the beginning of the collapse of the two-party system,' Minoru Morita, a veteran political analyst, said.
The independents, Hideaki Omura, and the Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura, who campaigned for tax cuts, defeated candidates endorsed by the big parties in the Aichi gubernatorial election and the mayoral race.

1 comment:

Dale Sheldon-Hess said...

The upper chamber, and a large fraction of the lower chamber, of the Japanese parliament are elected by proportional representation. And being a parliamentary system, the prime minister is a member of the majority.

These two facets tend to help weaken the dominance of the two major parties. It's actually a bit surprising that it has been this stable for this long.

But there are few parallels to be drawn between political systems in Japan and the United States.