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Japan's fractured polity exposed by COVID-19 crisis

New political dynamic has confounded politicians and alienated the public

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Pedestrians cross the road in Tokyo's Shinjuku area on July 30: growing disregard for stay-at-home orders is the expression of a public that feels misunderstood, underappreciated and manipulated by leadership.    © Sipa/AP

Ulrike Schaede is a professor at the University of California San Diego. Brad Glosserman is deputy director at the Center for Rule Making Strategies at Tama University.

As Japan buckles under yet another wave of COVID-19 infections, there is confusion and mounting anger at the government's response.

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