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Japan’s LDP annihilated

In what can only be described as a landslide election, the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan lost approximately 300 of 480 Diet seats.

Yabei desu~

Taro “Rozen” Aso was quoted by Associated Press as saying, “There has been a deep dissatisfaction with our party.”  Visitors to the official website of the LDP were greeted with the promise, “We will change what should be changed, and begin anew.”

Anime Diet previously reported on the economic woes that have plagued Japan in recent years, and Prime Minister Aso‘s unique association with the manga and anime industry.  His “Japan Cool” campaign attempted to leverage the popularity of anime and manga as Japan’s “Soft Power,” but the numbers didn’t seem to add up.

Does this turn of events herald a dark era for animation?

K-Ommerce

K-On’s influence is vast.  Here are some items that K-On! has sold:

Mio gets kickbacks for selling headphones

Headphones (English link)
Cell phones
Bass guitars
Pens
Hot plates

That’s in addition to the actual products associated with the series: CDs, figurines, manga, and of course dakimakura.

Given that overall Japanese retail sales fell 2.9 percent in April, will the boost from popular anime be enough to effect a turnaround?  Prime Minister Taro “Rozen” Aso, criticized as a “manga brain,” thinks so.  His “Japan Cool” campaign, whose stated aim is to leverage the popularity of anime and manga as Japan’s “Soft Power,” continues to be the focus of government efforts under his regime.  Ultimately, time will tell if he’s right.

J-Pop in London…

From Anime Corporation News

J-Pop Halloween Event in London

…Halloween-themed j-pop event will be held in London on October 20th at Cafe Manga, near the Westminster Brdige of County Hall…

Ray’s take: Well, I can just picture the amount of goth lolis that’s going to be there…I hope you don’t get choked to death by the fume of black make up and die in a pool of black ink if you do go! On the other hand, if you see an old Japanese dude wearing a t-shirt that says “Taro Aso FTW” and wearing a Golgo-13 hat and a Shinku tatoo, please give him our condolences for not being elected as the prime minister of Japan…

Ok, now we know Section 9 is definitely involved…

From The Diet 3 daily (formally known as believewhatyouhear.org ) –

Fukuda easily defeats Aso in party election

Sept. 25th, Tokyo 3. Yasuo Fukuda, who’s know for his moderate stance, won the leadership election of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party over nationalistic manga fan Tarō Asō on September 23. This means Fukuda has a good chance of becoming the next prime minister of Japan.

Although Asō was respected by anime fans worldwide and appreciated by Otaku in Japan for his statement: “Hey, I’m an Otaku, so I want everyone to fit in my world. Some may call that ‘Nationalistic’, I just call that ‘serve my desires or I’ll send Shinku to curse you before Golgo 13 takes your ass out. Get it? Oh hohohohohoho…” However, it seemed that some high ups in the government did not think his nationalistic stance sits well in today’s Japan, which unlike in the Tokugawa Shogunate era, has relationship ties with its neighboring countries.

Our sources discovered that he was forcefully removed at a nationalist rally by some members of Section 9 – Motoko K, Batou, and Togusa (we haven’t bee able to confirm the names of these people). Apparently his cyber brain was not hacked in, but he was taken some undisclosed location.

We have tried to contact Tarō Asō but he appears to be missing at the moment.

Having studied the patterns of Section 9, we are not entirely surprised at the outcome of the party election.