Alms and Vagabonds: Buddhist temples and popular patronage by Janet R. Goodwin

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Thus, in a sense, we see a pattern of wide interest articulation through individual LDP members and their koenkai, interest ag­ gregation through factions, and eventual agreement by the trium­ virate of big business, bureaucracy, and the LDP. Third , although the LDP has been self-identified as a conserva­ tive party and many members of it have expressed nostalgia for a number of aspects of the prewar system from time to time, and although a close tie with the United States has been the LDP's official line on foreign policy, still LDP Diet members have en­ joyed a wide range of freedom to express divergent policy views and even behavior concerning both domestic and foreign policies.

Exte rna l Cond i t i ons Although there seems to be no impending external threat of military aggression to Japan, there exist uncertainties of a mili­ tary nature which, if they should be actualized, would impose enormous strains on Japanese leaders. One is the instability of the Korean situation and a possible escalating confrontation be­ tween the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Re­ public of Korea . Another is the possibility of Sino-Soviet military confrontation . In both cases, if the conflicts should escalate enough, they would cause worldwide repercussions, and the Unit­ ed States, at least, would inevitably be involved in them .

On the other hand, it could become a liability which could confuse Japan's pol- 32 JAPANESE DEMOCRACY icy choices and aggravate the tensions between the developing countries and the economically advanced countries. The 1 947 C o n s t i t u t i o n as a P a c k a ge : The Key P o l i t i c a l Be l i ef Since values determine the way people think and act, it is important to see how changing values, which are most conspicu­ ously observable in the younger generation and are expected to continue changing in years to come, will affect the governability of Japanese democracy.

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