Amid Hostage Crisis, Japan's Diet Prepares to Debate New Security Legislation
January 28, 2015
Amid Hostage Crisis, Japan's Diet Prepares to Debate New Security Legislation
Shinzo Abe and the LDP plan to submit security legislation for approval during this session of Japan's Diet.
Amid Hostage Crisis, Japan's Diet Prepares to Debate New Security Legislation
Islamic State Murders Hostage, Sparking Soul-Searching in Japan
January 26, 2015
Islamic State Murders Hostage, Sparking Soul-Searching in Japan
The reported decapitation of Haruna Yukawa is causing some to question the wisdom of Japan's new security stance.
Islamic State Murders Hostage, Sparking Soul-Searching in Japan
Japan's 'Mercantile Realism' in the Middle East
January 23, 2015
Japan's 'Mercantile Realism' in the Middle East
Japan's economic-based strategy was on display during Shinzo Abe's tour of the Middle East.
Japan's 'Mercantile Realism' in the Middle East
Despite IS Hostage Crisis, PM Abe Brings Japan Closer to Israel
January 23, 2015
Despite IS Hostage Crisis, PM Abe Brings Japan Closer to Israel
By forging closer ties with Israel, Shinzo Abe is trying to make Japan geopolitically more relevant.
Despite IS Hostage Crisis, PM Abe Brings Japan Closer to Israel
Under New President, Japan's Opposition DPJ Seeks a Fresh Start
January 21, 2015
Under New President, Japan's Opposition DPJ Seeks a Fresh Start
New DPJ leader Katsuya Okada faces an uphill task: making Japan's main opposition party credible again.
Under New President, Japan's Opposition DPJ Seeks a Fresh Start
Israel Targets Japan in ‘Look East’
January 19, 2015
Israel Targets Japan in ‘Look East’
Bilateral relations have seen a strong revival in recent months.
Israel Targets Japan in ‘Look East’
Japanese Election: Abe’s Mandate?
January 15, 2015
Japanese Election: Abe’s Mandate?
Understanding Abe’s mandate requires understanding what a political mandate really is.
Japanese Election: Abe’s Mandate?
Japan's First Steps Into the World of Arms Exports
January 15, 2015
Japan's First Steps Into the World of Arms Exports
Since overturning a ban on arms exports last year, Tokyo has made cautious progress on defense cooperation.
Japan's First Steps Into the World of Arms Exports
Who Will Lead Japan's Opposition?
January 14, 2015
Who Will Lead Japan's Opposition?
Japan's largest opposition party, the DPJ, is in the midst of a close race for party president.
Who Will Lead Japan's Opposition?
Japanese Constitutional Overhaul in 2015? Don't Count On It
January 07, 2015
Japanese Constitutional Overhaul in 2015? Don't Count On It
Yes, Abe and the LDP are looking good after December's elections, but they still won't get constitutional reform.
Japanese Constitutional Overhaul in 2015? Don't Count On It
Remorse Without Apology: Shinzo Abe and the Second World War
January 06, 2015
Remorse Without Apology: Shinzo Abe and the Second World War
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said that he will express "Japan's remorse" for World War II.
Remorse Without Apology: Shinzo Abe and the Second World War
The Japanese Election and the Farm Vote
December 31, 2014
The Japanese Election and the Farm Vote
The Trans-Pacific Partnership made the recent election a troubling one for Japanese farmers.
The Japanese Election and the Farm Vote
LDP Hegemony and the Future of Japanese Foreign Policy
December 28, 2014
LDP Hegemony and the Future of Japanese Foreign Policy
With Shinzo Abe returned to power, is Japan back to an era of foreign policy stability?
LDP Hegemony and the Future of Japanese Foreign Policy
Japan's Troubling State Secrets Law Takes Effect
December 18, 2014
Japan's Troubling State Secrets Law Takes Effect
The state secrets law, passed despite public opposition, provides little oversight or accountability.
Japan's Troubling State Secrets Law Takes Effect
Another Four Years for Abe
December 16, 2014
Another Four Years for Abe
With record low turnout, Sunday's election nonetheless sent some clear messages.
Another Four Years for Abe
Japan’s Back and So Is Nationalism
December 14, 2014
Japan’s Back and So Is Nationalism
Voters head to the polls today, after two years that have seen a revival – of sorts – of nationalism in Japan.
Japan’s Back and So Is Nationalism
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