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Election triumph for the DPJ, but Japan's democratic advantage doesn't impress

The election in Japan is not going to make China feel that democracy can solve its problems.

At the time of going to press, it wasn't yet clear if Japan's opposition party, the Democratic Party of Japan DPJ was going to win a remarkable two-thirds majority, or a simple majority in the electoral contest against the incumbent Liberal Democratic Party LDP, which finished Sunday. But two things were clear the DPJ had secured a thumping victory after a half-century of almost unbroken rule by the LDP, and Japan's greatest advantage -- its 50-year experience of democracy -- is not being effectively deployed, in particular against its greatest rival, China.

Japan should have one massive advantage over China, namely the fact that it combines a first-world economy with the longest experience...

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