JAPAN: Marxism's Sonic Boom

"We respect Karl Marx for setting out the basic lines of socialism," says Kenji Miyamoto, chief of Japan's Communist Party. "But this does not mean that we are absolved from using our own brains in adapting Marx's tenets to the realities of modern Japan." Miyamoto is understating the case. Japan's Communist Party has not only adapted to the realities of a democratic country but has also forced the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to adapt itself to the unpleasant reality of a strong Communist opposition.

Although they have less than 10% of the...

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