AFP reports that Japan is out of the worldwide recession by virtue of a 0.9% growth in GDP in the 2nd Quarter of 2009 (April-June). Although the number looks slim, it is viewed as a ray of hope considering that the previous saw negative growth above 3%, making it a 3.7% growth, if annualized. This development may raise the question: If Japan’s economy experiences a more significant upward trend by the end of the month, will this play a significant role in the upcoming Aug. 30 elections? Surely the LDP will attempt to spin this as reflective of their responsible stewardship of the reigns of governance, but it be too little too late? Will the voters buy it? Will this ray of economic hope become a ray of political hope for the LDP?