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This week's very special face-to-face episode looks back at last weekend’s Upper House elections in Japan and the downfall of Boris Johnson ahead of his pending resignation as Prime Minister. In Japan, amidst the fallout from Shinzo Abe’s assassination, Fumio Kishida’s LDP and allies now hold super majorities in both houses. Was the assassination a major factor in explaining Kishida’s big triumph? Will Kishida feel emboldened to distance the government from Abenomics? And with these supermajorities, will the LDP now move to amend Japan’s pacifist constitution?
In the UK, Boris Johnson has announced his intention to resign, and the starting gun has been fired on the race to replace him as Prime Minister and Conservative leader. As the race unfolds, Sam and Chern look back on Boris Johnson’s legacy and what led to his removal from office despite his big 2019 election win. What was the straw that broke the camel’s back in terms of Johnson’s premiership coming to an end? Will his legacy in the Conservative Party be positive? Can the Conservative party recover from this dip in the polls and series of by-election defeats? How is the contest to replace Johnson shaping up so far ahead of the members ballot? All these questions, and more, answered in this week's podcast.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ballot-to-talk-about/message