Gerald L. Curtis, the Burgess Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Columbia University, talked with Reuters on July 10, 2016 and The New York Times on July 11, 2016 about the impact of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Upper House election win.
“With these numbers … he (Abe) is going to want to see what he can achieve,” Professor Curtis told Reuters. “That means less attention to the economy and a lot of spinning over the constitution.”
“Democracy needs a system of checks and balances,” Professor Curtis told The New York Times. “But if the opposition parties are impotent and the L.D.P. is firmly under Abe’s control, that system will be weakened to an unprecedented degree.”
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