1.) The Liberal Democratic Party in Japan has been ousted in the most recent election. The LDP has been in power almost continuously since 1955 – and really, longer than that, since the Liberal Democratic party formed out of the Liberal and Democratic parties making their unofficial collusion/cooperation in running the country official, so basically it’s been one party in charge of Japan since World War II with a couple of hiccups. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens, because Japan honestly has about zero experience with electoral change of this sort; the bureaucracy in Japan has become almost totally divorced from the consequences of elections because, well, there have never really been any consequences of elections. I honestly have no idea if the DJP’s victory will bring change to the Japanese bureaucratic system or if it’s just your classic walking-against-the-tide scenario.
2.) In the wake of the Pirate Party having success in Sweden, apparently some Canadians have decided we need one too. Apparently nobody in the Pirate Party has bothered to examine the Marijuana Party’s success as a one-issue fringe party, or understands how first-past-the-post parliamentary systems differ from proportional-representation parliamentary systems. But I bet they will have bitching LAN parties!