Why does politics (and sometimes even the same cabinet position) run in the family in Japan?

Unlike the civil service, becoming a politician is not a job most mothers want for their children.That and the fact that those who rely on carisma soon get squashed by jealous colleagues and/ or the system, leaves those whose families do have such an aspiration a free path. The fact that most factions (and even some parties) are divided more by clannish personal loyalty more than policy or ideology means that the children can often rely on the same power base as the parents to reach the same position, even if their political positions vary. And as little debating skills, personality, looks or leadership skills are historically needed for the job, there is no reason why they shouldn’t make it all the way with that support and a bit of luck.

See the Japanese Politics Explained page on the right for more of the same.

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Why is it rude to blow your nose in public in Japan?

One theory is that in Asia the most common diseases could be passed on through handkerchiefs etc, while those in Europe were more likely to be passed on through spitting- hence the fact that spitting didn’t start to die out in Japan until the Meiji authorities decided it wasn’t something seemly to do in front of foreigners.