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Japan: Power to the Party

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Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama recently became the first modern Japanese government chief to mention the Meiji Revolution of 1868, which restored imperial power and helped lay the groundwork for modern Japan. That was a bloodless overhaul that helped introduced the country to the party system. Now Hatoyama’s “revolutionary” Democratic Party of Japan faces its first test with partial elections in 2010.

 

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