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The Hatoyama Dynasty

Japanese Political Leadership Through the Generations




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The Hatoyama Dynasty by M. Itoh
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This work is a multi-generational political history of the Hatoyamas, a family that has participated at the highest levels of Japan's parliamentary government from its inception in the late 1800s. The Hatoyama family is one of the most prominent political families in modern Japanese government. It has produced six members of the Diet, Japan's parliament, many of whom have served as cabinet members and party leaders. Due to the family's political legacy, they have often been likened to the Kennedy family in American politics (though they have been spared the tragedy and scandal visited upon the Kennedys). In tracing the rising political fortunes of this family, it is also possible to study the role of hereditary politicians in Japan, the growth and evolution of Japanese political parties, and, perhaps most importantly, the way political leadership functions in Japan, a society known more for consensus building than strong leaders.

Author Biography

MAYUMI ITOH is Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA and author of The Globalization of Japan (Palgrave Macmillan, 2000).
Release date NZ
January 16th, 2004
Country of Publication
United States
2003 ed.
XXIII, 286 p.
Palgrave Macmillan
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