In Japan, It Looks Like Out With The New, In With The Old

After two years of patiently waiting in the wings, Japan's Liberal Democratic Party could be on its way back to regaining the Prime Minister's slot. Since last summer, the LDP has been cohabiting with Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama's Japan Socialist Party in a bizarre coalition government. But the Socialists appear headed for a humiliating defeat in Upper House elections on July 23. That could open the way for the LDP, which has the biggest bloc in the more important Diet, to place one of its own in the top job.

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