Japan is gearing up for what promises to be an historic election.
The ruling Liberal Democrat Party has held power for all but 10 months in the last 54 years but most polls suggest tomorrow’s vote will force it into opposition. A series of scandals and an economy bogged down in recession are seen as the main factors in the conservatives demise. Prime Minister Taro Aso has resisted repeated calls for him to step down and let someone else try and salvage the party’s election chances. Much of Aso’s campaign strategy has been to raise doubts over his untested rivals’ readiness to govern the world’s second largest economy. The opposition Democratic Party led by Yukio Hatoyama has campaigned on a promise of change. After more than half a century of one party domination, Japan could be about to get that change.