A calm post by the Ampontan on a recent speech by the man who figured out how to buck the system.
It is indicative of the withered state of Japanese politics that the description of every man who has either occupied the post of prime minister or been a candidate for the post is prefaced by "he's no Koizumi but..."
[Note to BS - could you please provide a link to the Japanese source text next time?]
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