Slices of Japanese business, politics and life
from Global News Journal:
Candidates on the campaign trail in Japan are sweating through the summer heat but voters have been cool towards this Sunday's upper house election.
Sure, the government won't change because the ruling Democratic Party will still control the more powerful lower house.
But the election matters because failure for the Democrats to win a majority would split parliament and stall policymaking, blocking Prime Minister Naoto Kan's pledge to cut Tokyo's huge public debt, create jobs and fix the creaking social security system.
So why aren't voters fired up? For one, the campaign has been pretty dull.
Rules require media to give equal coverage to all the political parties -- not great for viewership when there are more than 10 of them. TV debates have had no fewer than seven party leaders arguing over issues ranging from the economy to diplomacy.