Former Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Nakagawa Hidenao has made good on his threats and submitted a list of 133 LDP Diet members supporting an immediate general party meeting in order to discuss the replacement of party president and Prime Minister Asō Tarō with a more attractive party standard bearer. Nakagawa needed to collect the signatures of 1/3 of all party members of the Diet to force a general meeting. Since that numbers would be 128 signatures, he seems to put together the votes necessary to force a very public humiliation of Asō.
If the Asō were a currency, Japan would be calling in the IMF.
Later - Tobias Harris has the analysis, with a link to "The List" of the 133 malcontents, one of whom is former Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Hatoyama Kunio. Just five weeks ago Hatoyama was Asō's Best Friend Forever, the guy who had sat next to Asō in the party general meeting that elected Asō president.
Cold, cold, cold is the embrace of failure.
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