Japan faces a summer of electioneering and the possibility of historic change, after the ruling Liberal Democrats accepted the inevitable and dissolved parliament. Faced with slumping poll figures and a loss of confidence, Prime Minister Taro Aso called an election at the end of August, which could see the end of 50 years of near-unbroken rule by his party.“We have decided to go ahead with dissolving parliament and calling an election because we need the public’s cooperation and understanding if we are to build a safe and vigorous society in the future,” said government spokesman Takeo Kawamura. Things look grim for the government: last week they were trounced in local elections in Tokyo, and many expect the opposition Democrats to win. But some worry that their spending plans will inflate an already-ballooning public debt as Japan struggles to climb out of recession.
Japan to face 'historic' election