In the past year, Japan has been rocked by political turmoil — especially the devastating defeat of the ruling coalition in the July 29 Upper House election, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s abrupt resignation in September and Mr. Yasuo Fukuda’s ascent to power. An attempt to form a grand coalition between the Liberal Democratic Party and the Democratic Party of Japan shook domestic politics.

But it was irresponsible behavior by politicians and bureaucrats that had a more direct impact on people’s lives and perceptions. The result was deepening public mistrust of them.

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