Japanese Reformers Revamp Democracy Government Proposals Aim to Shift Power from Rural to Urban Voters and Eliminate Political Corruption
Clayton Jones, writer of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor
UNTIL December, the country with the world's second- largest economy will be absorbed with reinventing its democracy.
Japan's new government has dedicated itself almost solely to revamping politics, from how candidates should campaign to how many parties are needed to stir up debate in a nation long accustomed to one-party and bureaucratic rule.
"The next three months will be a moment of truth for Japanese politics," says Kazuo Aichi, policy director for the Japan Renewal Party. The prime minister, Morihiro Hosokawa, says he will resign if political reform fails to pass parliament by year's end.
Japan's lack of such basic democratic traditions as …
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