Monday, August 08, 2005

a quote for the day

The formerly-very-funny Duckman once gave his view on the habit of going out singing in groups: "Karaoke -- Japan's cruelest invention since hari kari."

Today Japanese prime minister Koizumi might wish he'd stuck to karaoke. His own Liberal Democratic Party rejected his reform package today in the Japanese legislature and Koizumi has announced snap elections for September, which might see an opposition party take power for only the second time since the end of the war. Electoral hari kari, or a cunning scheme for Japan's eccentric prime minister? Too soon to say.