The new DPJ government is very inexperienced - obviously since they are new - though some MPs have previously belonged to the LDP. They are getting a lot of flack for being populist. In some cases its a fair charge making expressways free seems counter productive on many fronts.
Another change they have committed to is making high school education free. At present junior high school (years 7-9) tuition is free, however for high school students have to pay I think around 150,000 dollars a year. (About 1,800AUD/a). Students drop out of high school because they can't afford it. It's a travesty befitting economies of 80 years ago. For a country like Japan, where manual labour jobs have decreased significantly, it's unbelievable that some people aren't getting high school education because they can't afford it.
Today in Ginza there was a rally of sorts of high school students, and principals , that were calling for free tuition. Good on them! It's positive to see students politicised and believing that they can influence govt. policy. I hope the govt. comes good on their promise ASAP.