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Japan's ruling coalition outshines other developed democracies

Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito steer nation clear of divisive populism

Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of the LDP: Komeito and the LDP are riding a wave of political success that has kept them in power for all but three of the past 20 years.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito on Saturday marked the 20th anniversary since they formed a coalition government. In the past two decades the camp spent only three years out of power, thanks to a strong support base.

This ability to hold on to power offers a sharp contrast to the parties of other developed democracies, where political foundations are being rattled. Stability has enabled Team LDP-Komeito to shrug off a divided public and respond to a financial crisis, to create national security legislation and to twice raise the consumption tax.

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