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Catching On

July 7th, 2010

I remember back when politicians’ campaign posters seemed like entrants in a nationwide Ugly Man contest. Seriously, most of the candidates were hideous. Huge warts, metal teeth, bad comb-overs, buggy eyes–the works. It seems that candidates today are more hip to the concept of not looking like diseased toads.

Which, in a few different ways, is sad.


Also hard to miss: a lot more women on the posters today than there were 20 or 30 years ago. There’s even Josei-to, or the “Women’s Party.”

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  1. matthew
    July 8th, 2010 at 07:42 | #1

    Seems our friend Egi Saori is against voting for foreigners. Nice. Bet she still wants my taxes.

  2. Troy
    July 8th, 2010 at 10:03 | #2

    yah, that People’s New Party looks to be chock full of nuts — against legal separate names for married couples, too.

    The looker for the Minshuto has an interesting history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renhō

    The みんな党 is also interesting I guess.

    Renhou and the Nakagawa guy are running for reelection, as is Koike on the party list ballot.

    Can’t say you don’t have choice in Japan, tho the at-large voting system is pretty whacky, with people of the same party competing against each other for votes.

    When I was in Japan I didn’t have the first interest in the elections and couldn’t tell you what election season it was.

    I kinda liked being that apolitical. Life’s a lot simpler not having to care.

  3. July 8th, 2010 at 22:18 | #3

    Hi there,

    I have to say, the ladies and gentlemen on those posters genuienly look quite nice. Far better than our chanceloress in germanny, Frau Merkel, she actually looks like a diseased toad. Check it out:


  4. Troy
    July 13th, 2010 at 11:35 | #4

    The commie guy lost, looks like the dude next to him took his seat.

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