JAPAN: Swing to the Left

Japan's ruling Liberal-Democrats went into last week's elections seeking a two-thirds majority in Japan's Upper House, hoping to be able to revise Japan's "MacArthur Constitution" to make possible faster and more open rearmament. They came out of the election lucky to have held their own 122 seats (out of a total 250), had to watch their smaller ally, the Green Breeze Society, take a beating. The gainers were the recently united Socialist Party, which picked up twelve seats.

The Socialists played on the divisions and infirmities in the regime of eccentric Premier...

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