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Michael Thomas Cucek @MichaelTCucek
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#JapanPolitics - a lot of folks are sharing images and videos of the intolerant and idiotic Representative MP Sugita Mio.
A few things to know:
1) She has a degree in forestry from Tottori University
2) After a couple of years at Sekisui House Ltd. she became a local bureaucrat.
3) After 18 years as a local bureaucrat, she entered politics. In with the hyper-intolerant right clowns (Yamada Hiroshi, Hironuma Takeo, the Nakaharas) orbiting around Ishihara Shintaro, she snuck into office on the coattails of Hashimoto Toru's brief alliance with Ishihara
4) After the Ishin no To broke up, she joined Ishihara's laughably named Party of the Next Generations (laughable because its principals were all in at least their 70s)
5) After NexGen's demise, she joined the Nakayama's weirdly named "Nihon no kokoro o taisetsu ni suru" Party
6) When that party caucused with the LDP in the House of Councillors for the purpose of creating a 2/3rds pro-constitutional revision majority, she ended up being absorbed into the candidates for the LDP's HoR proportional list, winning re-election as a list candidate in 2017
7) Backtracking a bit, she actually ran for a district seat (Hyogo #6) in the 2014 House of Representative election and finished DEAD LAST in a field of 4 (10.4% of the vote)
8) Backtracking even further, she had only scrapped into a seat in 2012 as the dead last (that is to say least popular) of the lowest-ranked (Rank#12) candidates winning seats off the Ishin no kai's party list in its Kinki region home territory
9) As for 2017, she copped her seat by being listed Rank#17 on the LDP's PR list in its stronghold Chugoku Bloc.
i.e. Sugita is an MP because she had the top non-zombie spot on the LDP PR list in PM Abe Shinzo's home area. She did not have to campaign and no one voted for her.
10) So calling Sugita Mio a member of Japan's House of Representative is kind of like calling a nail piercing your tire a part of your car. #JapanPolitics
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