Already hampered by the resignation of his Transport Minister due several gaffes, Prime Minister Aso roared into the Diet (in Kasumigaseki) today with a litany of sharp questions directed straight at the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), appearing to pin the blame on the DPJ for government gridlock and a weak economy. With PM Aso's support starting off at only 48%--10% less than PM Fukuda began with--it looks like he is already confirming some of my earlier doubts.
The Diet will continue this week with various parties able to ask PM Aso questions, to which he will respond one-by-one. Things are not off on the right foot--I expect after today for there to be more poisonous debate, all leading up to a general election to be held towards the end of this year. I hope the Japanese people make their voice heard in this election and not stay away due to disgust and indifference.