The World: Japan's Unlikely Premier

Takeo Miki may be the least likely of Japan's twelve postwar Premiers. Unlike nearly all his predecessors, he did not attend a prestige, elitist school, but graduated from Tokyo's mediocre Meiji University (class of '37). Instead of working his way up through a government bureaucracy before entering Cabinet-level politics as most other Premiers did, Miki has spent his entire career as a legislator. Since 1937, he has won 14 consecutive elections to the Diet, in which he has represented his native Shikoku where he grew up as the only child of a moderately...

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