The Change thing is a reference to Obama, but the Japanese government just had an election today. It looks like the Democratic Party of Japan has won and the Liberal Democratic Party is out. The LDP had been in power for pretty much most of the last 50 years. They are a conservative party (not liberal, as it says in the name). The winners, the DPJ, is a left of centre party, which is truly liberal. It’ll be interesting to see if they can stimulate Japan’s economy.
As for the typhoon comment, strong tropical storm number 11 (Krovanh) is coming this way, and should hit the Kanto area in the late morning. The last one turned away from Japan, but this one is coming at a different angle. We’ll see how it goes. And no, it’s not a typhoon, not that strong.