chapter  5
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Hosokawa apologies: politics and history

In August of 1993, Hosokawa Morihiro, an ex-Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) politician who had recently created a minority party, formed a coalition government consisting of eight minority parties including the Socialist Party. For the first time since 1955, the LDP conservative party had lost its majority in the Diet and was out of power. The air was infused with a sense of excitement and expectation that the political scene had changed. No more politics as usual. This changed the environment for apology.