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Japan election

Don't believe what you've heard about Japanese farmers

Despite their diminished numbers they remain a crucial voting bloc

Some 68% of Japan's farmers are past retirement age, and all of them seem to have politicians pandering to them.

TOKYO -- Contrary to popular opinion, Japan's farmers have not lost their political influence.

Since the mid-1950s, they have been integral to keeping the Liberal Democratic Party in power, save for two short intervals. But over the same decades, their numbers have declined. They now account for a sliver of the country's overall population, leading many to believe that the relative few who remain have lost their electoral sway.

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