IS HE RUNNING INTO A WALL?

IN A CRITICAL ELECTION, ALL JAPAN IS OUT TO TAME THE SCLEROTIC BUREAUCRATS AT LAST

Japan is not unaccustomed to drama, but transforming catharsis is still a rarity. In the past three years and three months, the country has witnessed the fall of a virtual dictatorship--a party that had held sway for 38 uninterrupted years--and endured a succession of Prime Ministers that was practically Italian in its instability. The economy, once the envy of the world, has only now begun to emerge from four years of stagnation. Yet despite all appearances of revolution, the regime remains the same in the eyes of most Japanese. The nation is ruled not by the parliament or the Prime Minister...

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