Election Shocker In Japan
Disgruntled voters shocked political parties by picking maverick independents as the new governors of Tokyo and Osaka prefectures. This is the first time anyone with no party affiliation will run either of Japan's two largest metropolitan districts. The victories--by a comedian and a TV actor--dramatize the disdain in which most urban Japanese hold the country's six major parties. Although the parties are now expected to engage in deep "self-reflection," a projection by Kyodo News Service showed that the three-party ruling coalition would likely retain power in expected national elections later this year.