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Commuters head to work in Tokyo's Marunouchi business district. So far, populist movements have not gained momentum in Japan.
Tea Leaves

Populism fails to catch fire in Japan

Gripes from the young and fears for the future won't fuel radical politics


Working in the Japanese media, it is hard to ignore the question on everyone's lips: "Why has anti-establishment populism spread around the world?" Equally puzzling for Western journalists, it seems, is the fact that Japan appears immune to this global trend.

After all, the country is supposedly mired in economic malaise. Inequality is on the rise: Japan has the sixth-worst relative poverty rate among members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and social media sites are full of people complaining that their lives are not getting any better.

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