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The Power of Consensus in Japan

Mar 3, 2017 | 01:33 GMT
The Power of Consensus in Japan
As long as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe maintains his popularity, and as long as his Liberal Democratic Party is focused on pursuing its current goals, the party's leadership has little incentive to rock the boat.
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Japan's ruling party will enact a rule change allowing party presidents to serve up to three consecutive terms. The rule change would permit the party's current head, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, to remain in office until 2021. The secret that has ensured the prime minister's longevity, however, could turn into his undoing....

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