The Staggers 19 July 2010 The Chartist: Sitting uncomfortably Trouble for Japan’s ruling political party. Sign UpGet the New Statesman\'s Morning Call email. Sign-up Less than a year after the ruling Democratic Party of Japan came into government, it has failed to win a majority in the upper-house elections, held early this month. Commentators have laid the blame on economic instability. Japan's public debt is nearly twice its GDP -- and with an economy that size, who can afford to bail it out? Graphic by Jez Burrows › Redwood throws spanner in works of “special relationship” Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!