Japan’s Aug. 30 elections confront Prime Minister Taro Aso’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party with the worst crisis in its history.
Prime Minister Aso's long-ruling party is under fire as polls indicate strong support for the opposition Democratic Party of Japan. The vote is Aug. 30.
The Aug. 30 vote could end its nearly uninterrupted half century in power.
Amid recession woes, some politicians see an opening in a system long tipped toward political families.
As a popular politician, Olympian, and fan of manga comics, Taro Aso contrasts sharply with the lackluster former prime minister, whose shoes he is likely to fill on Wednesday.
Yasuo Fukuda's term was beset with political gridlock and economic problems.
The opposition rejected a second candidate Wednesday.