Prime Minister Taro Aso finally dissolved the Lower House on Tuesday for a snap election Aug. 30. In the election, the voters will make clear whether they want a government led by the Liberal Democratic Party or by the opposition Democratic Party of Japan. Thus the election will have a great impact on the future course of the nation.

Mr. Aso is the third prime minister in a row to have come to power without a voters’ mandate, after Mr. Shinzo Abe and Mr. Yasuo Fukuda. Mr. Aso’s quality as a prime minister has come into question because of his flip-flops on policy matters, including the ¥2 trillion cash stimulus distributed to people and the reorganization of the health and welfare ministry.

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