Japanese General Election

A video screen shows Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivering a speech on 'Abenomics' in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters

Fears that DPJ is slipping into obscurity as 'Abenomics' take hold

Six months ago, the Democratic Party of Japan controlled a large majority in both houses of the Diet and had outlined ambitious plans to reinvigorate the nation. But the cracks in the party's facade were already apparent. Discredited in the run-up to December's general election, the DPJ was soundly defeated by the Liberal Democratic Party and is today lagging in opinion polls as July's elections for the Upper House of the Diet edge closer.