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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.