LDP suffers its worst-ever result
Tokyo’s metropolitan assembly is undergoing a vast overhaul following Sunday’s election, and the results could cause a shake-up at the national level. The region’s governor is celebrating a sweeping victory, while the prime minister’s party is reeling from a historic loss. Governor Yukiko Koike’s new local party and candidates supporting her won 79 seats. Tomin First allowed six independents into the party, bringing it to a total of 55seats. It is now the assembly’s largest party.
That’s a blow to the Liberal Democratic Party which used to be the biggest force. It suffered its worst-ever showing in the assembly, winning only 23 seats. One Key LDP official says he will resign as chairman of the party’s Tokyo chapter. Others in the LDP say the outcome reflects voter anger towards the Abe administration and are calling for a cabinet reshuffle. Nationally, the party has been dogged by controversies over plans to open schools in western Japan.
The LDP gave in to public pressure and held an ad hoc session about an ongoing alleged influence-peddling scandal. Kihei Maekawa said the process to open a new vet school lacked transparency. Maekawa previously spoke out about accusations that Kake Educational Institution got preferential treatment for a plan to open the school in a special economic zone. Maekawa’s healing came as Abe was in Europe. The opposition is pushing for him to attend parliamentary deliberations on the Kakek issue.
Website appears letting you flick a cute girl in the forehead
A new website appeared in which you can flick the forehead of a pretty woman on your computer or smartphone. The developers says they want to “fill the desires of men in the world to flick a girl in the forehead.” Flicking the forehead of someone with the middle finger is called a “dekopin” in Japan and is often used as a punishment for losing a game.
He punched me in the face. 彼は私の顔面にパンチした。
I kicked him in the leg. 私は彼の足を蹴った。
She shot me in the heart. 彼女は私の心臓を撃った。
ANA profits soar on inbound tourism, lower oil prices
Airline All Nippon Airways announced their net profits for the April to September period were up 51% compared to the previous six months. The increased profitability is largely due to an increase inbound tourism, as well as falling oil prices. ANA has also been boosted by an increase in landing slots at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.