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The Pursuit of Power in Modern Japan 1825–1995$
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Chushichi Tsuzuki

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205890

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205890.001.0001

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The Heyday of the LDP: From Tanaka to Nakasone

The Heyday of the LDP: From Tanaka to Nakasone

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(p.415) 20 The Heyday of the LDP: From Tanaka to Nakasone
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The Pursuit of Power in Modern Japan 1825–1995
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CHUSHICHI TSUZUKI

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205890.003.0021

Tanaka personified both the attractive and the lamentable features of the LDP in power, a regime for the nation. His downfall was followed by a period of warring lords of the party tinkering one after another with an economy, overgrown perhaps but never solid and sound. Nakasone came in to provide a new confidence, a new identify for the nation, but the evolution of the national and international economy belied his nationalist ambitions, which proved flashy but entirely out of date. A Japanese archipelago reconstruction plan by Tanaka is shown. The local grievances and the Etsuzankai are also reported. In addition, it addresses Tanaka and his cabinet. Miki's government was in fact a coalition of four LDP factions, led respectively by Ohira, Fukuda, Nakasone, and Miki himself, the largest faction, that of Tanaka, staying outside. The chapter then covers the business culture and new nationalism, Nihonjinron and Nihonshiki-keieiho as part of the new nationalist ideology, and slow economic growth. Finally, it examines Nakasone and the new nationalism, and the recruit scandal and the end of the LDP hegemony.

Keywords:   LDP hegemony, Tanaka, Nakasone, Etsuzankai, Ohira, Fukuda, Miki, business culture, nationalism

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