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An Intimate View of a Japanese Political Campaign

Monday, July 2, 2007 Posted: 10:16 AM JST

After many years in New York as correspondent for Japan's national broadcaster NHK, documentary filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda returned to Japan to film his former classmate Kazuhiko Yamauchi as he ran for a seat on the Kawasaki city council. The resulting film, Campaign (Senkyo), paints a riotously funny, but also disturbing portrait of the mechanisms behind party politics in Japan, and particularly the workings of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which has ruled Japan for decades almost without interruption. Jason Gray interviews Kazuhiro Soda at Midnight Eye.

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