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Eight years is a long time in Japanese politics and people are quick to forget, but things were vastly different then.

In summer 2009, the Democratic Party of Japan won a sweeping victory against the Liberal Democratic Party-Komeito ruling coalition in the Lower House election, exciting voters and political observers with the emergence of a new campaign tool modeled on the British-style “manifesto” concept of promises backed by clear financial sources and specific deadlines.

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