Monday, July 13, 2009

It is almost Article 7, Item 3, time

That's a nihon-koku kenpou (Constitution of Japan) reference.

Article 7
The Emperor, with the advice and approval of the Cabinet, shall perform the following acts in matters of state on behalf of the people:

3. Dissolution of the House of Representatives.
That is the procedure when the naikaku (Cabinet) refers the request to dissolve the Lower House (shuugiin; House of Representatives) of the Parliament (kokkai; National Diet of Japan) to the monarch. In simpler terms, a 'snap election' is called. All seats there must stand for re-election. This also makes the Cabinet functionally a 'lame-duck' unless victory in the election is assured. There is *no* such assurance for this election.

It is not official, yet, but given reports like this (English-language source), that is where we are.

August 30th, 2009. Do mark the date on calendar.


Mr. Bill said...

I'm guessing this is all civilized and ceremonial, and has absolutely nothing to do with a sharpened sword on the desk of every representatitve and the Emperor issuing a terse order before they start cleaning up the chamber?

L.Douglas Garrett said...

@Mr. Bill

Yeah, ^that^ has rather gone by the wayside. The whole ordering part, for certain.

We even let the incumbents stand for re-election now.