The evolution of the Japanese policymaking system

Authored by: Gregory W. Noble

Routledge Handbook of Japanese Politics

Print publication date:  February  2011
Online publication date:  February  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415551373
eBook ISBN: 9780203829875
Adobe ISBN: 9781136818387


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In 2009, the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) decisively defeated the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), ending more than half a century of one-party dominance, and raising hopes that Japan could finally reverse two decades of economic stagnation and recapture at least some of the dynamism that brought it fame in the 1950s and 1960s. The five guiding principles of the DPJ’s “manifesto” or electoral platform proclaimed the party’s determination to exercise responsible political leadership to overcome the entrenched resistance of bureaucrats and interest groups and improve the livelihood of the Japanese people (Democratic Party of Japan 2009: 4).

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