The Diplomat Articles

Living with a divided government

Fukuda has already changed his government's style in response to the new circumstances.
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What happens next?

Abe has now been replaced by Yasuo Fukuda. Fukuda is unlikely to prove as inept as his predecessor. It remains to been seen, however, whether he faces the same fate in the general election. There are good reasons for not counting him out yet.
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Reasons for the rout

The electoral rout has three main causes. As is often the case in Japan, scandal played a role.
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