chapter  20
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New Directions in Japanese Politics

T hese remarks attributed to the former Prime Minister.Takeshita Noboru, suggest a cunning plot to restore the essence ofLDP hegemony, which had been so rudely snatched away with the formation of the Hosokawa Government in August 1993. According to this hypothesis, the reform ambitions initiated by the Hosokawa coalition government (August 1993-April 1994) are close to foundering with the return ofthe LDP to power, in a coalition with the Socialists, at the end of June. Another way ofputting the same thing is to say that Ozawa has been defeated by Takeshita: that the ambitious reformer who wanted to remake the system of politics has been defeated by the old-style politician who wishes to restore the status quo.