Abe’s Tax Increase Gamble
November 14, 2014
Abe’s Tax Increase Gamble
As opposition to the tax builds, Japan must find a way to support its bold economic moves.
Abe’s Tax Increase Gamble
How an Election Gives Abe the Upper-Hand on Collective Self-Defense
November 13, 2014
How an Election Gives Abe the Upper-Hand on Collective Self-Defense
A December election would be an Abenomics referendum, and an open door to a stronger military.
How an Election Gives Abe the Upper-Hand on Collective Self-Defense
Will Japan Follow Through on its Next Tax Hike?
October 27, 2014
Will Japan Follow Through on its Next Tax Hike?
Declining approval and internal dissent are hindering Abe’s promise of fiscal responsibility.
Will Japan Follow Through on its Next Tax Hike?
Japan Denied Revision of UN Comfort Women Report
October 17, 2014
Japan Denied Revision of UN Comfort Women Report
The Japanese government's request to amend a 1996 U.N. special rapporteur's report on comfort women was denied.
Japan Denied Revision of UN Comfort Women Report
Japanese Nationalists Target Foreign Welfare Recipients
October 17, 2014
Japanese Nationalists Target Foreign Welfare Recipients
The former governor of Tokyo wants to give long-term residents an ultimatum.
Japanese Nationalists Target Foreign Welfare Recipients
Which Security Gains Will Japan Enshrine This Year?
October 03, 2014
Which Security Gains Will Japan Enshrine This Year?
Despite an absence of legislation, Abe will be making two key security moves this fall.
Which Security Gains Will Japan Enshrine This Year?
Japan’s New Cabinet Seeking Regional Cool-Down
September 04, 2014
Japan’s New Cabinet Seeking Regional Cool-Down
Abe is renewing his push for bilateral meetings with regional leaders.
Japan’s New Cabinet Seeking Regional Cool-Down
New Anti-Hate Speech Laws Could Be Double-Edged Sword
September 01, 2014
New Anti-Hate Speech Laws Could Be Double-Edged Sword
Government attempts to limit anti-Korean rhetoric could be used to silence nuclear protests.
New Anti-Hate Speech Laws Could Be Double-Edged Sword
Shinzo Abe's Approval Rating Dips Below 50 Percent
July 29, 2014
Shinzo Abe's Approval Rating Dips Below 50 Percent
Following a slowdown in Abenomics' success and the collective self-defense resolution, Abe's approval falls.
Shinzo Abe's Approval Rating Dips Below 50 Percent
A Top-Down Approach to Changing Japan’s Leadership Structure
July 15, 2014
A Top-Down Approach to Changing Japan’s Leadership Structure
Recent trends show that Abe will have a difficult time bringing new voices into Japan’s culture of leadership.
A Top-Down Approach to Changing Japan’s Leadership Structure
China’s Changing Position on Japan’s History: The Abe Factor
July 12, 2014
China’s Changing Position on Japan’s History: The Abe Factor
What role has Japan's leadership played in conditioning Chinese policy towards Tokyo?
China’s Changing Position on Japan’s History: The Abe Factor
Can Abe Bolster Role of Women in Workforce?
July 09, 2014
Can Abe Bolster Role of Women in Workforce?
Abe’s ‘female focused’ Davos attempts to change employment trends and women’s view of the LDP.
Can Abe Bolster Role of Women in Workforce?
Japan's Collective Self-Defense: Implications for Asia
July 02, 2014
Japan's Collective Self-Defense: Implications for Asia
U.S. editors Ankit Panda and Zachary Keck speak to Clint Richards about Japan reinterpreting its constitution.
Japan's Collective Self-Defense: Implications for Asia
Abe’s Collective Self-Defense Cabinet Approval Imminent
June 25, 2014
Abe’s Collective Self-Defense Cabinet Approval Imminent
A new government draft has garnered coalition support, and could be approved as early as next week.
Abe’s Collective Self-Defense Cabinet Approval Imminent
Assemblywoman Heckling an LDP Concern
June 24, 2014
Assemblywoman Heckling an LDP Concern
Last Thursday’s incidents raises serious questions about the government’s commitment to workplace equality.
Assemblywoman Heckling an LDP Concern
Japanese Opposition Continues to Fracture
June 05, 2014
Japanese Opposition Continues to Fracture
Can Japan’s small, fractured opposition find the ability to coordinate on hot-button issues?
Japanese Opposition Continues to Fracture
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