That is what the Japan Times is asking:
To the extent that culture matters in politics, the recent spate of leadership changes in Northeast Asia suggests that Asian societies are more tolerant — if not supportive — of dynastic succession.
South Korea’s recently elected president, Park Geun Hye, is the daughter of Park Chung Hee, who ruled the country from 1961 to 1979.
China’s incoming president, Xi Jinping, is the son of Xi Zhongxun, a former vice premier.
Japan’s new prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is the grandson and grandnephew of two former Japanese prime ministers, and the son of a former foreign minister.
Kim Jong Un is the son and grandson of his two predecessors in North Korea.
This pattern is not confined to Northeast Asia. President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines is the son of former President Corazon Aquino.
Prime Ministers Najib Abdul Razak and Lee Hsien Loong of Malaysia and Singapore, respectively, are also sons of former prime ministers.
In India, Rahul Gandhi is waiting in the wings, preparing to step into the shoes of his great-grandfather (Jawaharlal Nehru), grandmother (Indira Gandhi), and father (Rajiv Gandhi).
In Pakistan, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari — son of President Asif Ali Zardari and the assassinated former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, and grandson of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto — recently made his political debut.
Is dynastic succession becoming the norm throughout Asia? [Japan Times]
You can read the rest at the link, but I think political dynasties are hardly an Asian thing considering the US has both the Kennedy and Bush political dynasties. It is arguable that the Clinton’s are a political dynasty as well, especially of Chelsea gets involved in politics. Can anyone else think of other political dynasties to rival those in Asia?