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Wednesday, 5 November 1986, 12:00AM

The Japanese Political System

Sir Hugh Cortazzi

How can a country be democratic when it has been ruled without interruption by a conservative party for over thirty years? Is parliamentary democracy as practiced in Japan a mere façade for oligarchic rule by the Japanese establishment? Sir Hugh Cortazzi considers these issues with reference to Japanese political and constitutional history.

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Sir Arthur Henry Hugh Cortazzi was Ambassador from the United Kingdom to Japan (1980–84), President of the Asiatic Society of Japan (1982–1983) and Chairman of the Japan Society of London (1985–95).

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