Faction-ridden Japanese politics seems to give way to a new politics. The 1994 revision of the electoral law generated an enormous change in the power relationship between faction leaders and the prime minister. Koizumi Jun'ichiro's strategy exemplified the potentiality of the new politics.
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Errata: In the September/October 2016 issue (volume 56 number 5, pages 836 and 849), there was a technical printing error in Figures 1b and 2 of the article by Ajay Raina that resulted in a loss of data on the graphs. This online article contains the restored figures in their original, correct state. The error is regretted.