Japan: At The Ldp, A Threat From Within

The long knives are out for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori. Barely two months after his ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) took a thrashing in a general election for the Lower House of the Diet, Mori's Cabinet now faces fresh disasters. In recent weeks, a top bank regulator, the party's Chief Cabinet Secretary, and a former Construction Minister have been implicated in bribery or campaign funding scandals. Even by the standards of Tokyo's ethically challenged pols, that's a lot of trouble.

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