Speaking to reporters in Hamamatsu, Ozawa Ichiro said, “Anticipating that there might well be a dissolution of the House of Representatives and general election during the current Diet, we are hastening the backing of candidates.”
He also emphasized the issues that contributed to the DPJ’s win in last summer’s HC election: “The life of the people is the thing [the central issue in the general election campaign]. It is understood that the mistake of ‘market economy omnipotentism’ is growing inequality.”
I still think that an early election favors the LDP, even if some of the party’s elders — Mr. Mori, for example — think otherwise: for all that Mr. Fukuda’s popularity has fallen, he remains more popular than Mr. Ozawa, and the DPJ clearly needs more time for its candidates to make themselves known to voters. So with that in mind, a pre-G8 general election remains plausible, if not highly probable.