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PacNet #42 – Casting Off the Old Regime: The DPJ’s Real Challenge

Kan Naoto’s re-election as leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) has given him the mandate to continue as prime minister. Most Japanese welcomed this outcome. They are dismayed by the state of national politics and the country’s inability to produce stable leadership since Koizumi Jun’ichiro left office in 2006. Kan is the fifth prime minister since then.