Wanted: One Prime Minister

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Yoshiro Mori has been a disaster since taking center stage.

Pay attention now. This may be a little hard to follow. It might even sound like one of those confusing Kabuki plays—full of riddles, contradictions and vainglorious people doing despicable things behind decorative screens. But it's all about Japanese politics, which is arguably more important than Kabuki. Or maybe it's another form of Kabuki, with the actors in expensive Ginza-tailored gray and black suits instead of ornately stitched kimonos. And in lieu of the requisite, delicately painted hand fan, the preferred politico prop would be an envelope stuffed with cash.

The central role is being played by the Prime Minister of Japan....

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