Conflict prevention in Japan

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This chapter examines the role of political recycling - the practice of repeated utilization of former high-level politicians in government - in forestalling or, at least, minimizing conflicts among political players. Drawing upon observations from recent political experiences of Japan, the chapter first demonstrates that political recycling in Japan is deeply embedded in the society's cultural practices rather than in the system of liberal democracy, which its leaders espouse. Political recycling in Japan, in fact, exhibits features that are antithetical to liberal democracy. The dynamic relationship between political recycling and conflict prevention in Japan are then analyzed as well as the implications of the analysis for places in Africa where political conflict has been rampant.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGovernance, Development and Conflict
EditorsManas Chatterji, Darvesh Gopal, Savita Singh
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameContributions to Conflict Management, Peace Economics and Development
ISSN (Print)1572-8323

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Strategy and Management


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