Only a third? Japanese politicians have indeed been living in a fairyland the last 50 years. If 2/3 of newcomers, many likely to have been PR resurrections, are getting their voices heard, then that is actually quite remarkable.
In most parliamentary democracies even being a minister does not guarantee your voice will be heard, especially if you are outside Cabinet. In New Zealand, the “inside word” is that the power mostly resides in 5 or 6 ministers inside Cabinet.
Masuzoe is still leaning on his party to make some credible changes. This could be fun.
This post by Shisaku made me happy. Sticking it to insubordinate “Crown entities” when you (or your organisation) are in the position of power and have government backing is something I know to be very enjoyable. Especially when they have been sticking it you for x number of years!