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PacNet #3 – Not Beyond Hope: Japan and TPP

George Bernard Shaw called second marriage "the triumph of hope over experience." In restoring the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its leader Abe Shinzo to power last month, Japanese voters seemed to be sending the opposite message: after three years of vesting their hopes in the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) with disappointing results, they opted to fall back on the LDP’s greater experience in governing.