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Can the LDP Survive Globalization?

Japanese political development since 1945 is best understood in three historical periods: the period of military occupation (1945–1952), the period of high economic growth (1952–1985), and the period of accelerating globalization (1986–2006) (Table 1). Each period is characterized by key players and a receptive political institution. To consider the current period of accelerating globalization in context, it is necessary to summarize the periods succinctly as they relate to the growth and ...