Monday, April 21, 2003

It's still election time here in Japan... yes, even after the wrestler got elected into the Japanese federal government. How's that work? Well, unlike the American election process, there isn't an Election Day. It's more like "Election Few Weeks." Prefectures have different election days and I think the local elections are held on different days from federal ones. Maybe having a single Election Day would be too practical. It's weird. But it doesn't stop there...
By watching TV, you wouldn't know that it's election season. There are absolutely no television campaigning advertisements. That's the good news. The bad news is that instead of running ad campaigns on TV, they run ad campaigns on the streets. Cars and vans go up and down the streets at a snail's pace blaring their candidate's name over and over and over again through the mounted megaphones. Three "overs" doesn't really suffice.
And you don't know which political party most candidates fall under. Apparently, most candidates feel that because the general Japanese public has a broad dislike for the political party system, it's better not to announce their party loyalties.
Oh, and it's safe to say that there will never be a "Florida" in Japan because instead of punching holes, Japanese people have to write the name of the candidates they are voting for. This probably explains why practically the only thing the slow moving cars and vans announce is the candidate's name.
I sure hope The Great Sasuke uses his superabundant powers to change the election process so that I can get some peace and quiet!

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