Japan - General elections campaign of Democratic Party of Japan (Street theatre)

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[English] Street theatre (general elections campaign of Democratic Party of Japan)

The general elections held on the 30th of August 2009 have seen the victory of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ or Minshuto), ending 54 years of power of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP or Jiminto). New era for some observers, change in continuity for others.
During several weeks, I covered daily the campaign in Tokyo. I wanted to take some distance with the events and history, to adopt the viewpoint of the spectator, just to observe. Campaign staging appeared very interesting to me, so different than what I saw before. Closer to people, but also more direct. The only blot on the copy is loneliness of local candidates, compared with leader's popularity.
Finally after an intense and well planed campaign, street theatre during one month, the electoral tsunami is here : DPJ wins 65% of the seats at the lower house.


[Francais] Theatre de rue (campagne du Parti Democratique du Japon pour les legislatives 2009)

Les elections legislatives du 30 aout 2009 ont vu la victoire du Parti Democrate du Japon (PDJ ou Minshuto), mettant fin a 54 ans de pouvoir du Parti Liberal Democrate (PLD ou Jiminto). Nouvelle ere pour certains, le changement dans la continuite pour d'autres.
Pendant plusieurs semaines, j'ai suivi quotidiennement la campagne electorale a Tokyo qui a abouti a la victoire du PDJ. J'ai souhaite prendre un certaine distance avec la politique et l'histoire qui etait en train de s'ecrire, me placer du point de vue du spectateur, simplement observer. La mise en scene de la campagne m'a paru interessante, si differente de la campagne europeenne. Plus proche des gens, plus directe. Seule la solitude des candidats locaux contraste avec l'engouement pour les figures mediatiques du parti.
Au final apres une campagne intense et bien orchestree, du theatre de rue pendant un mois, le raz de maree electoral a bien eu lieu : le PDJ remporte 65% des sieges de la chambre basse.
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