Smith illuminates "generational change" in Japanese LDP
October 07, 2021
Following the election of Fumio Kishida as Japan's prime minister, Professor Daniel Smith contextualized his ascension in The Washington Post. Although Kishida pledged a "regenerated" Liberal Democratic Party, Smith writes, "one of the ironies of Japanese politics . . . is that 'generational change' in the LDP often means the sons, grandsons and other relatives of outgoing politicians step in to replace them. Kishida is a prime example--his father and grandfather were also lawmakers."