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Gerontocracy

 

a term introduced by the English ethnologist W. Rivers, at the beginning of the 20th century, to designate an early form of society in which power allegedly belonged to the elders. Rivers considered gerontocracy to be characteristic for the Australians and certain peoples of Oceania. In actual fact, the influential position held by the elder members of the commune is only one of the elements of supreme power among various peoples in primitive communal society.

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However, under Fukuda, who is an old establishment-oriented politician, the LDP gerontocrats, notably two former nationalist Prime Ministers Yasuhiro Nakasone and Yoshiro Mori, have gained power.
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