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Why Japanese politics cannot stop fundraising parties

Despite widespread condemnation of political fundraising parties and calls for their abolition, eliminating them has proven difficult.

To succeed in Japanese politics, it has long been said that a politician must have and maintain three things: a strong local voter base, strong personal connections in a wide variety of places and a fat wallet. When deciding on party membership, a party’s position on specific issues is often less important than whether or not a politician believes that joining a particular party is the best way to ensure that money is available to retain the local voter base and deepen the personal connections necessary for re-election. .

So where does that money come from?

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