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January 19, 2011
Kan Should Learn From Koizumi
Naoto Kan faces a big fight over joining the TPP free trade pact. Is it time to learn from the past—and get decisive?
Kan Should Learn From Koizumi
Should Parents Vote for Kids?
January 15, 2011
Should Parents Vote for Kids?
An academic study proposes a radical solution for dealing with Japan’s demographic crisis.
Should Parents Vote for Kids?
Kan’s Last Cabinet Reshuffle?
January 14, 2011
Kan’s Last Cabinet Reshuffle?
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has just reshuffled his cabinet. Will it be the last chance he gets?
Kan’s Last Cabinet Reshuffle?
January 13, 2011
Japan’s 1st Lady: ‘Kan Won’t Quit’
Nobuko Kan says her husband wants to change Japan for the better—and she’ll be supporting him with tough love.
Japan’s 1st Lady: ‘Kan Won’t Quit’
Japan’s Leadership Lifeline?
January 12, 2011
Japan’s Leadership Lifeline?
Should the DPJ introduce four-year terms for its party presidents in an effort to reduce the short-termism mentality?
Japan’s Leadership Lifeline?
Kan Shouldn’t Ditch Sengoku
January 08, 2011
Kan Shouldn’t Ditch Sengoku
By keeping his right-hand man in the Cabinet, Kan can send a strong message that he won’t be blackmailed.
Kan Shouldn’t Ditch Sengoku
Should Japan Just Relax?
January 07, 2011
Should Japan Just Relax?
Commentators are always quick to warn of Japan’s impending demise. But are things really as bad they’re made out?
Should Japan Just Relax?
Kan Sets 2011 Agenda
January 05, 2011
Kan Sets 2011 Agenda
The Japanese PM has set out three principles to guide his government in the New Year. But will he choke?
Kan Sets 2011 Agenda
Japan Drops Cap and Trade
December 30, 2010
Japan Drops Cap and Trade
Naoto Kan bows to industry pressure and drops proposals for a nationwide cap and trade scheme.
Japan Drops Cap and Trade
Ozawa Relents, Will Testify
December 28, 2010
Ozawa Relents, Will Testify
Ruling party kingmaker Ichiro Ozawa is seemingly pressured into appearing before the Diet. But what’s in it for him?
Ozawa Relents, Will Testify
No New Year Sunrise for Kan
December 27, 2010
No New Year Sunrise for Kan
It has been a tough year for Naoto Kan and his ruling DPJ. Things don’t look likely to improve anytime soon.
No New Year Sunrise for Kan
Less Power Please?
December 24, 2010
Less Power Please?
Plans released this week for reforming the House of Councillors struggle to see the wood from the trees.
Less Power Please?
10 Christmas Gifts for Kan
December 23, 2010
10 Christmas Gifts for Kan
Naoto Kan will have a lot on his plate next year. The Diplomat has a Christmas wish list for Santa to help him out.
10 Christmas Gifts for Kan
December 20, 2010
Ichiro Ozawa Won't Change Tune
DPJ bruiser Ichiro Ozawa still won’t testify despite Kan’s overtures. Is he preparing to leave the party?
Ichiro Ozawa Won't Change Tune
New Japan Stabbing Spree
December 17, 2010
New Japan Stabbing Spree
A stabbing spree in Toride that injured 14 people overshadows Japan’s low and falling crime rate.
New Japan Stabbing Spree
Kan's New Year Tax Cut
December 17, 2010
Kan's New Year Tax Cut
Naoto Kan has ordered a 5 percent cut in Japan’s corporate tax rate. Is now the right time?
Kan's New Year Tax Cut
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