Japan's Old Guard Survives For Now

Liberal Democratic Party reformer Koichi Kato thought he had the votes, with the help of opposition parties, to sack Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori. Instead, Kato's 60-odd backers caved in an early-morning no-confidence vote on Nov. 21 after LDP faction bosses threatened them with party exile. Kato looked like a rank amateur as Mori sailed to victory by a wide margin.

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