There's been a lot of quick mentions on newscasts today about how Japan has decided to change course and not actually send troops to Iraq. This sounds kind of silly at first blush. (You mean soldiers may actually die in a war zone? We don't want any part of that, our bad!) In fact, however, Japan had an election over the weekend and the LDP (ruling party) lost ten seats. Isn't it possible domestic politics has a bit to do with this too?