Sheila A. Smith, Council on Foreign Relations | September 4, 2009
Japan’s bureaucracy has been stagnant for some time based on the single party system, this will finally begin to change under Hatoyama. ++ The LDP failed to build on the progress made by PM Koizumi in 2005 and have instead imploded spectacularly. ++ The DPJ’s initial focus will be on how “to loosen the bureaucracy's grip on the levers of government” but it has a lot of work to do to make Japan a truly two party state. ++ “A long-term question is how to create the institutions that sustain governance as Japan moves toward alternating power.