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PacNet #26 – Japanese Election Results: ‘Missing the Big Fish’

June 30, 2000

The message Japanese voters delivered last Sunday could hardly be clearer: They don’t much like the LDP and its ruling coalition, but they don’t have much faith in the opposition’s ability to govern. So while some people voted to punish the LDP, too few did so to oust it from power. And while others sent cheers to the Democrats, they were insufficient to give them a turn at the helm.