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PacNet #37 – Can Fukuda Yasuo Save the LDP?

As expected, Fukuda Yasuo was elected president of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), bringing to an end Japan’s leadership crisis prompted by Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s abrupt resignation on Sept. 12.  As Fukuda began his tenure as Japan’s 91st prime minister, the dominant sentiment is that he will bring stability to Japanese politics, but that prediction will be tested in the months ahead.