In recent years, the Japanese conservatives’ dominance in local politics appears to be less of an asset, as traditional analyses claim, and more of a liability. This article argues that the LDP’s entrenched local party organizations have become a restraint on party leadership in pursing key national policy initiatives.
Local Politics in Japan: The Old Guard Strikes Back
Ken V. L. Hijino is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Law, Kyoto University, Japan. His recent publications include “Regional Inequality in 2014: Urgent Issue, Tepid Election,” in Japan Decides 2014: The Japanese General Election (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Email: <email@example.com>.
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Ken Victor Leonard Hijino; Local Politics in Japan: The Old Guard Strikes Back. Asian Survey 1 October 2016; 56 (5): 879–904. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2016.56.5.879
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