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There could be no more cynical way to waste the shrinking pie of public tax money than another meaningless election, reminiscent of the callous election Osaka leader Toru Hashimoto foisted on its citizens not so long ago just to bolster one individual’s own political omnipotence when what is needed is real help for people struggling to make ends meet.

It seems that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is out of touch, having been so busy globe-trotting at the expense of the taxpayer for months on end to persuade the world that his “Abenomics” is a miracle.

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