Japan's New Premier May Just Make Matters Messier

It was perhaps the strangest and most disquieting twist that Japan's recently tumultuous politics has produced since World War II. Late on June 29, the country's parliament shocked the nation by electing a dark-horse, hard-left Socialist as Prime Minister. Tomiichi Murayama, wild-eyebrowed chairman of the Japan Socialist Party, won a rare and unexpected 10 p.m. runoff against former Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu.

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