Dec. 14 - Japan's conservative Liberal Democratic Party looks set to win in Sunday's election, despite dissatisfaction amongst voters with the main political parties. Sarah Sheffer reports.
In downtown Tokyo the "Election Camp" greets those who come by to discuss ideas for getting people out to vote on Sunday. Japan's conservative Liberal Democratic Party appears on track for a strong victory in the upcoming election. But there has been much dissatisfaction and indecision amongst voters. The founder of the Election Camp said drumming up voter enthusiasm was no easy task. One political analyst said an LDP victory would most likely stem from unhappiness with the ruling Democratic Party of Japan. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SOPHIA UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF LIBERAL ARTS, PROFESSOR OF JAPANESE POLITICS, KOICHI NAKANO SAYING: "I find little enthusiasm among the people for the LDP so if that outcome is actually produced, it will be more likely because of the popular desire to punish the DPJ, and voting for the LDP because it is the alternative." An LDP government would mean a tough stance on China, a pro-nuclear energy policy, and a radical recipe of hyper-easy monetary policy and big fiscal spending. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) 67-YEAR-OLD PENSIONER, TOSHIKO MAIKA, SAYING: "I'll be voting on issues like the rise of China and our dependence on nuclear power. I think they're going to cast a terrible shadow over the children of tomorrow. That's how I'll be voting." Contributing to the indecision is a political fragmentation that has resulted in a dozen parties, some of them just weeks old, contesting the election, and confusion over policy differences between the main contenders.