Way Abandoning traditional politics, the Prime Minister muscles through a political reform that points the way toward even more profound change

EVER SINCE HIS JULY ELECTION, KNOWing oddsmakers had doubted that Morihiro Hosokawa could keep his promise to write corruption out of the unofficial rulebook of Japanese politics. Two Prime Ministers before him, Kiichi Miyazawa and Toshiki Kaifu, lost the job trying to accomplish that feat, and the Diet was full of wily politicians determined that Hosokawa would fare no better. But the doubters underestimated the extent to which the scion of an aristocratic landowning family was a politician of a new stripe. Nor did the skeptics anticipate that Hosokawa's unprecedented popularity would give him the authority he needed to accomplish the...

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