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Public got more than it bargained for with Abe administration

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Tie-in sales work only because consumers reluctantly agree to buy an item they don't really want in order to obtain what they do want.

To cite a past example, there were reported instances of consumers forced to buy a toy nobody really wanted as a condition for purchasing a "Mobile Suit Gundam" plastic model kit.

That was back in the 1980s, when the anime TV series was all the rage. I imagine some kids fell for it.

Looking back on the Abe administration, which ends today, I am convinced the same tie-in sales scheme was what Abe must have had in mind.

In his case, the public's desired good (the tying good) was economic stimulus,........

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