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Noda is steering the wheel in the direction of going back to the old mold, pretty much being a mini-LDP in all aspects.

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Sophia University Prof Koichi Nakano. Two years after the Democratic Party of Japan swept to power pledging to reform how Japan is governed, the struggling ruling party under new Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda appears to be reviving the very practices it reviled. (Reuters)

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That's a pretty vague statement without specific examples.

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Well, it's just a quote. Presumably the professor had more to say than that. A Google News search for his name reveals plenty more recent quotations, including:

Noda seems to be giving up on the idea of changing the means of government, says Koichi Nakano, a political scientist at Sophia University in Tokyo. [He] will be working more closely with the bureaucrats, trusting them with more discretion.

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