It's tough to decide which country has the worst political campaign season - the U.S. or Japan. Ultimately, I have to choose the U.S., because it lasts forever.
Not so in Japan, which recently saw its ruling party that's held power for about a half a century get booted from office. As the story states, they only had two weeks of official campaigning. Here, we started talking about the 2012 presidential election right about when Obama took the oath of office.
So what just happened in Japan? Well, the underdog took control because of massive dissatisfaction with a political party that had been in power for too long. It took a while for the pendulum to swing, but ultimately it did get around to it.
Statements have been made about distancing itself from the U.S., but the new regime has also said we'll remain they're closest ally. If that sounds like doublespeak, it's because it is.
Japan, like America, has some serious problems that it needs to work through. They've got an angry, unhappy and likely unemployed population looking for their government to give them some answers that they like.
And just like the U.S., it'll take years to fix their problem - or plummet them even further down the chasm.
Guess we'll just have to wait and see.