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Will The General Election Have A Bearing On Tokyo 2016?


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Japan votes in landmark election

Voting is under way in Japan in a general election which looks set to bring a historic change of government.

Opinion polls predict victory for the Democratic Party of Japan after more than 50 years of almost unbroken rule by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

The conservative LDP, currently led by Prime Minister Taro Aso, has governed Japan for all but 11 months since 1955...

But several media polls predict that the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) will win more than 300 seats in the 480-seat lower house of parliament, reversing the election result of 2005.

Analysts say voters blame the LDP for the current economic malaise - and are angry enough to opt for change.

"I think we need a change now," 68-year-old Tokyo pensioner Toshihiro Nakamura was quoted as saying by AFP news agency.

"It's too long for a single party to dominate national politics.

Haruko Kurakata, who said she had voted for an opposition candidate, criticised the frequent changes in Japan's leadership since Mr Koizumi stepped down in 2006.

"It's nonsense to see four prime ministers in four years without asking for the people's opinion," he said.

As campaigning drew to a close, DPJ leader Yukio Hatoyama said that voters were about to change history.

"This is an election to choose whether voters can muster the courage to do away with the old politics," he told crowds in Sakai in the west of Japan on Saturday.

The centrist DPJ says it will shift the focus of government from supporting corporations to helping consumers and workers - challenging the status quo that has existed since the end of World War II.

It has promised to cut waste within the bureaucracy and use the funds to increase welfare spending.


Now, this seems it could be an almost seismic change in Japan's modern history. What effect, if any, will this have on Tokyo 2016?

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I think it may have an impact, as the new 'social' governement will have priority to change the health care security and not to spend money in infrastructure and games !

This will have an impact of the public support.

The impact on the IOC, would depend of the governement's declaration about its priority and renewal of the bid's backing.

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