As bad as the drubbing was in Sunday’s Upper House election, the Democratic Party of Japan faces an even bigger, not to say familiar, problem — disharmony and lack of governance.

The schism was again evident Wednesday when party members failed to decide whether to punish former Prime Minister Naoto Kan for supporting a candidate in the Tokyo electoral district who had lost the party’s endorsement. Kan’s backing is thought to have contributed to the crushing defeat the party’s favorite suffered.

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