The latest Aso gaffe had the rest of his party up in arms.
“There was no need for the prime minister to say he’d opposed the postal privatization from the very start,” said one senior LDP official. “I’d been expecting the approval rating to rise after the consumption tax row ended, but this remark made me boil over with rage.”
“Whenever we get the slightest chance of going on the offensive, the prime minister goes and ruins it,” said Ichita Yamamoto, another LDP official.
The LDP was screwing up so badly that the Chinese media speculated that the end of the reign of the LDP might be near.
“Will Japan usher in a new era characterized by the two-party system?” asked Xinhua. “The decisive moment is not far.”