Unless you are already deaf from election truck crying or have been living under a rock the LDP hasn't heard about yet, you would know we are in the campaign period for the Federal elections here.
Nagano has less than stellar voter turn out. And within Nagano the central region (Matsumoto and Azumino) have the lowest voter turn out. This is a matter of some consternation to the nice folks at city hall. Who knows, maybe there's an intercity voter turnout competition. How do I know city hall is concerned about this? Hmmm, would it be the rivetting nightly news coverage of a different place you can pre-election vote? "And look! There's no lines! You can vote here anytime between now and August 29! How convenient!" (My favourite spot so far being on the concourse at Matsumoto station- you know, for people who have a few minutes to kill before they catch their train.) But nope, I don't even need to turn on my tv to know all about the wonders of my vote counting- Matsumoto city has set up their own loudspeaker truck. Yeah! So now as well as all the "THIS IS TANAKA TARO OF THE LDP, VOTE FOR TANAKA TARO OF THE LDP, TANAKA TARO OF THE LDP FOR YOUR VOTE!!" and the four or so other parties with similarly grating high volume greetings, including the refreshing Happiness Realisation Party who are promising everything to everyone and all in a happy, happy voice, we have Matsumoto City roaming the streets with "AUGUST 30, AUGUST 30 TO VOTE. COME OUT AND VOTE ON AUGUST 30. USE YOUR VOTE. AUGUST 30, MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD AND VOTE."
If I had a vote I'd vote for some peace and quiet.