December 14, 2012

How Gangsters Run Japanese Politics

Jake Adelstein, Foreign Policy

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How Japan's murky underworld became the patron and power broker of the ruling party that intended to clean up politics.

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December 12, 2012
Populist Nationalism Rising in Japan
Aspen Institute
The Japanese people will elect their next prime minister on December 16th. Amidst political competition, sluggish economic growth, rising territorial disputes and nuclear energy uncertainty, the result may have a profound and... more ››
December 13, 2012
West Must Avoid Japan's Lost Decade
Anthony Hilton, London E.S.
In the Eighties the Japanese economy was the envy of the Western world. Its cars, televisions and personal stereos were unrivalled; its growth rate was such that it looked likely to overtake the United States as the world’s... more ››