ISAHAYA, Nagasaki Pref. (Kyodo) Like many of his friends in rural Nagasaki Prefecture, Shigeyuki Nakao has always voted for Fumio Kyuma, the Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker who has served as the nation's defense chief several times.

But now, Nakao, 67, a pensioner in the town of Togitsu, is not certain whether he should cast his ballot to help send the 68-year-old Kyuma to the Diet for his 10th straight term.

The reason will seem familiar to many of the people disappointed with the long-governing LDP.