(LinkAsia: December 21, 2012)
These days most Japanese are fed up with politics in general. And when elections came around last week, voter turnout was at an all-time low. With its slumping economy, an energy crisis and flaring tensions with China voters were clearly dissatisfied with the DPJ. But the turnout didn't show a great enthusiasm for the LDP either. Japan's public broadcaster NHK reports on why voters have lost faith in their country's politicians.
NHK World NEWSLINE
Airdate: December 17, 2012
These angels come out every hour. Prime Ministers in Japan seem to come and go almost every year. The democrats went through three leaders since 2009.
I felt betrayed by the democrats over the past three years.
I expected a lot from the DPJ, but they broke the promises in their manifesto. Millions of Japanese went to vote on a Sunny and warm winter Sunday. The weather Monday in Tokyo was more of a reflection of the turnout: gloomy. People admit they feel political apathy.
I didn't go to vote because I didn't feel like it. I had work too.
Young people think things will change by casting a single vote.
But apathy is not the only reason people feel at a loss. A record number of parties crowded the ballot. It was too much choice for some.
So many political parties. I didn't know which one to vote for.
Many people told us they voted for the Liberal Democrats. But not because of the promises the LDP made. They say they are disappointed with the broken promises of the ruling democrats.
The DPJ blew themselves up.
I didn't think the LDP was the most suitable party to change the situation, but I voted for it out a process of elimination.
And so those who didn't vote are putting their faith in the party that has a checkered past: one marked by scandals. For better or worse Japan appears to be headed for a period of political stability.