Osaka mayor Toru Hashimoto is shaking up national politics in Japan with formal recognition of his new party. He could have a dramatic impact on the next general election and may hold the balance of power. This briefing outlines three possible scenarios following the election which must be called between November 2012 and August 2013.

OSAKA mayor Toru Hashimoto’s new political movement - the Japan Restoration Party - is likely to have a dramatic impact on the country’s next general election which could be called in the next few months.

Post-war Japan, governed almost continuously from 1955 to 2009 by the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), se...

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Dr. Stefan Lippert
Mr Hashimoto might well be the winner of the competition between the LDP and the DPJ. The question is whether he will finish first, second behind the LDP or third behind the LDP and the DPJ
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