Japan is in effect a one-party state, despite appearance to the contrary. Political parties fracture and morph, but the same “status quo” politicians get (re)elected under another flag with the same empty-shell promises. Government – like in many countries worldwide – is a function of big business and banking interests. There have been 32 different Prime Ministers in Japan since 1947. Is this good or bad? The good is that there are no tyrants. The bad is that there is no unifying leadership.
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