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RELATED TOPIC:
THE EMPEROR

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THE JAPANESE BUREAUCRACY

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THE JAPANESE DIET (PARLIAMENT)

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INTEREST GROUPS IN JAPANESE POLITICS

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ELECTION LAWS

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THE ELECTORAL SYSTEM

 
THE GOVERNMENT OF MODERN JAPAN:
THE PRIME MINISTER

Selection of the Prime Minister

Gerald L. Curtis :: The powers of the Japanese prime minister are different from those, for example, of the American president. And the role of the prime minister in Japan tends to be different from the role of prime ministers in other parliamentary systems like Great Britain or France or Germany.

First of all, the Japanese prime minister is not the president. He is not elected directly by the public. The prime minister is a member of the lower house of the Diet, who is selected from the members of the party or the parties that control the majority of members of the Diet.