Day 225 (19 Jul) Friday. Ah, the week has gone quickly and there remains so much to do. Plans to meet up with one of my Tokyo tweepsters for a coffee and continue to soak up the pre-election atmosphere.
|The light, at 5.12am |
(6.12am in Brisbane)
There clearly isn't going to be a big last minute swing or shift in the election but I am definitely picking up on a 'two-themed' response from voters. Not everyone is in praise of Abenomics, and social issues are just as important. I don't get why people aren't going out to vote.
|Vote! Hachiko at Shibuya|
|One hour later, at 6.12am|
We plan to meet at Shibuya station, just by the famous Hachiko statue, who I was pleased to see was decked out in his 'vote on Sunday' gear. Hiroya has a friend who is standing as a candidate for one of the smaller parties so we have an interesting and wide-ranging conversation. Quite good coffee too, though given we were at a high-end European chocolate shop, I probably should have tried a hot chocolate...
At about 5.00pm, we decide to go and observe the anti-nuke demonstration around parliament house. The protest began after the Fukushima disaster and the protestors have been meeting every Friday at 6.00pm since. (There'll be more on the other blog.) Given that it is 30 years ago since I first studied and wrote about the Japanese anti-nuclear movement, I am intrigued to see yet another one play out. (Another article idea floats up in the back of my mind.)
|Nagatacho Station, at 6.12pm|
By coincidence, I find myself back on the Yurakucho-sen at 6.12pm, heading down one of the longest escalators in Tokyo. Home to prepare for tomorrow's big day...the last day before the election and a host of candidates speeches to go and watch.