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As it ditches its leader, Japan grows ever more nationalistic and militaristic as it happily joins America’s anti-China crusade

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Following his disastrous rejection of public opinion in going against the sentiment to scrap the Olympics, and a surge in Covid-19 cases, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is to resign, stepping down as the Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) leader at the end of this month. The hosting of the Olympics was an event designed for global prestige, but proved to be hugely controversial and unpopular amongst the Japanese public, and coincided with the Delta variant of Covid-19 causing cases to rise to record levels.

His stint is relatively short, having replaced Abe Shinzo following his resignation due to illness just a year ago. In a Western democracy, such a short tenure is perceived as a surprise, but bar the persistence of his predecessor (Abe was the country’s longest-serving premier), it is in fact extremely common for Japan's dominant party to espouse a “revolving” door system of leaders, with many lasting only one or two years in office.

As a result, this is not as much of a game-changer as people might think, and no one should expect Tokyo's foreign policy, especially as regards China and the United States, to change drastically.

The regular change of leadership is a tactic the LDP regularly employs to keep itself in power almost perpetually, which is why the country’s democracy is often ranked lower than that of its Western counterparts. Here is how and why this system operates.

When Japan surrendered to the United States following the end of World War II, 76 years ago last month, the way the situation was handled was far different from the experience of Germany. While the Nazi regime was held to account by the allies for........

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