Japan’s Silver Democracy by Foreign Affairs highlights how democracy can often forge paths that are at odds with economic policies that are objectively healthier for a country – democracy and the economy are not necessarily complimentary.
This is also an example of democracy, while reflecting the needs and wants of its citizens, simultaneously stifling public discourse. Paradox?
Two interesting quotations:
Japan’s elderly do not need to throw their weight around through interest groups like the AARP, as senior citizens do in the United States. The structure of the political system does the work for them.
Japanese, like Americans, tend to vote more as they age, so they are a more reliable constituency.