One month ago, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided to dissolve the parliament. The Japanese people are expected to go to the polls on 22nd October as the prime minister aims at strengthening his party. While dissolving the parliament, he was in a position of strength. While his popularity and poll ratings continue to increase, the country’s opposition seems to be in disarray. His approval ratings can be attributed to the recent threats by North Korea. However, it has become apparent that the decision to dissolve parliament was a sign of weakness for the prime minister and a new problem that is emerging in the Far East nation. The Japanese politics are experiencing a representativeness crisis. Voters have been caught in between their policy preferences and the two-party systems in the country. However, there are concerns that the liberal-left opposition is being left out of the Japanese politics. What remains unclear is the circumstance under which the executive branch can make the decision to dissolve the parliament. In Japan, the power to dissolve the legislature is referred to as Diet. Scholars still argue that the prime minister doesn’t have the necessary powers to dissolve the parliament alone. This is why the latest move by the Japanese prime minister has been described as unconstitutional and partisan.
This is a concern that was shared by a good population of the Japanese people. For instance, a poll in Kyodo discovered that 60 percent of citizens disagreed with the decision. They said that they found the decision to call for new elections as objectionable. This comes at a time when the Japanese prime minister faces two counts of scandals. First, he is being accused of nepotism. Second, there is a military scandal involving his government in South Sudan. What remains apparent is that the Japanese people are yet to embrace the Take Back Japan agenda that was suggested by the prime minister as he rose to power. This is a policy that aims at promoting a stronger Japan economically and militarily. Since the Second World War, Japan has adopted a pacifist constitution. Back in July, cabinet approval ratings dropped to their lowest at 26 percent. According to Nikkei polls, the ratings had increased since he dissolved parliament as they currently stand at 37 percent. Experts say that Shinzo Abe has become unpopular in Japan because most of his policies lack an alternative. His party is also the better alternative compared to the opposition.