When it comes to choices in Japanese politics, quantity has certainly given over to quality. After all, as voters face a barrage of campaign rhetoric from 12 political parties as they go to the polls Dec. 16, none of the parties have come up with a credible solution to the country's energy dilemma following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

Yet Japan can ill-afford to continue the streak of having seven prime ministers in as many years, especially as it continues to grapple with the nuclear fallout on the one hand and endeavors to stop its foothold on the global economic ladder slipping even further.