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“Iron Triangle” of Policymaking Persists Under DPJ GovernmentMasuzoe Yōichi

What is the process for deciding on policy in Japan? Who has the most power when it comes to determining policy—politicians, bureaucrats, or special interest groups?  This question was examined by numerous scholars during the long period of rule by the Liberal Democratic Party. Their research unearthed certain patterns. Under the Policy Affairs Research Council of the LDP during its rule, commi…
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