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Abe’s actions belie experts’ claim that Japan is populism-free

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Yascha Mounk, a political scientist well known in the United States, has spoken on the crisis of liberal democracy brought on by the global surge of populism.

When he came to Japan to participate in a symposium, he noted that it was the first nation where he saw no signs of an emerging populist movement among the many countries he had visited.

Populism is spreading in Donald Trump’s America, the Brexit-beleaguered Britain, Hungary and Brazil, among other countries.

Japan has been fortunate enough to be spared this trend, an observation we often hear from Western experts.


© The Asahi Shimbun