According to media reports, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications announced (but annoyingly neglected to post on its website) that 10.94 million people cast absentee ballots between August 19-28. That’s an eye-opening 10.49% of eligible voters, up from 6.72 million in the 2005 HOR election and 10.80 million, the previous high, in the 2007 HOC election. With one more day left, the media speculation is that the ultimate total will surpass 12 million.
This is a clear indication that the overall turnout will be very high. The floaters are obviously are aroused; that is more bad news for the LDP, if there could be such a thing.