The beginning of the end?

November 28, 2006 12:00 AM

Last year the Upper House, or the Wrong House, voted down KOIZUMI's Postal Reform Bill which the Lower House had narrowly passed.

Then Prime Minister KOIZUMI dissolved the Lower House and called for the General Election because, according to the Constitution, the Prime Minister cannot dissolved the Upper House.
KOIZUMI kicked out the LDP Members who voted against his Bill in the Lower House and he hand-picked the Party candidates to run against them.
On September 11, 2006 Japan voted and returned KOIZUMI and his coalition with the largest majority in the Lower House in the post war Japan. Many former LDP Members who voted against the Bill lost their seat, but twelve of them were re-elected as Independent.
The leadership of the LDP Upper House had been putting pressure on PM ABE to let those twelve back to the Party as they considered that move was necessary to win the next Upper House Election scheduled in July 2007.
I am strongly opposed to this silly move and so are the many colleagues in the Lower House.
But finally the leadership of the wrong House prevailed on the PM ABE. PM announced that he would let the eleven of the twelve return to LDP.
I am afraid that many voters now feel betrayed by LDP. This could be the beginning of the end of the ABE Government.