The LDP of Japan which has held power in Japan for 5 decades looks set to face almost certain defeat at the polls this weekend. Found this short paragraph explaining how LDP lost the support of the people and why the Japanese people are no longer grateful to the LDP which helped to transform Japan into an industrial giant after the war:
What went wrong for Japan's LDP?
"Working closely with bureaucrats and the business sector, the LDP-led government delivered high growth, ample jobs and a steep rise in living standards. But cracks emerged when the bubble burst in the early 1990s. There was a general feeling that the LDP was losing touch and that it wasn't delivering for everybody. Jobs were no longer for life, a gap emerged between rich and poor (Singapore has a bigger gap) and demographic change posed a challenge. Women were having fewer babies (Singaporeans are having even fewer children) and the population was ageing - with serious implications for social security.
Reform was needed but the close bureaucratic and business links that had benefited the LDP also served to constrain it (The PAP govt has even wider links to GLCs & businesses than the LDP). Efforts foundered in the face of entrenched vested interests (whose interest has the PAP been serving? Economic stake holders or the citizens who vote). Part of the problem was that the LDP was slow to get things done, because it was trying to keep a variety of interest groups happy."
The lesson here is very simple. To win and maintain the support of the people, govts have to serve the interest of the ordinary citizens and nothing else. Once a govt becomes entangled and its interest becomes diversified it risks losing support.