In a democracy, people have the power to oust the king, no matter how powerful he may be.
For the last 25 years, I have been voting for the opposition, except for one rare occasion when I voted for the ruling party.
The result of yesterday's general election suggests that for the first time since 1955, (except for a 10 months period in 1985), the opposition is going to form the government.
For somebody who has been feeling like a stranger minority in a more or less homogenous society, this victory of the opposition brings a very strange aftertaste. Much as I love the country, I was under the impression that the Japanese people are not so good at breaking the status quo. I was pleasantly surprised.
Because of what we did yesterday, change has come to Japan.