I attended a very stimulating lecture/discussion on the methodology of political campaigning in Japan yestereve.
Reduce to minimal terms, I came away from the event with the following:
"For an opposition party to be viable--defined as the capacity to seize the reigns of government through the ballot box--it has to able to disengage its strategy for winning elections from its process of formulating party policy."
Odd, ancillary observation: no party has gone further down this road than the Kōmeitō.
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