It’s been a while since the questions were posted in the comments, so here they are, and my answers to them.
“How serious a force are those who don't want nuclear power in Japan?”
I wonder myself. Specifically, how large is the proportion of Japanese voters for whom that is the overriding issue? And what proportion of those people believe that it’s okay to let the nuclear power plants operate for another ten years when they’ve seen the nation go without nuclear power and without power outages for the relatively hot 2012 summer?
“Where else do they have to turn but the Japan Future Party?”
That is a good question, or was until Kada’s own position became clearer. Now, the Social Democrats, or the Communist Party?
“Perhaps you have underestimated Ozawa.”
That is always possible. He can surprise me by ghaving more than half of his 62 candidates running for reelection back in the House of Representatives when the Diet reconvenes in January.