On Thursday the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, dissolved the lower chamber and announced new elections, which will be held on Oct. 22. Abe has left no room for the parliamentary debate that the opposition had asked for, to investigate on the scandals about him and in which he illicitly pressured the bureaucratic apparatus to foster his political supporters.
The accusations took form thanks to the revelations of a senior official and led the government to a serious consensus crisis and a tough defeat at the local elections in Tokyo in July. Abe’s silence on scandals is deafening, but in the hemicycle the “banzai” cry broke out in the grand tradition of dissolving the House of Representatives.
The oppositions, on the other hand, did not attend, in protest. Seiji Maehara came to a press conference after the Democratic Party leadership meeting, the main opposition party, and spoke of the choice that will change the Japanese political geography: the Democratic Party will come to the polls under the insignia of the new “Party of Hope,” recently founded by Tokyo Mayor Yuriko Koike.