End of the Beginning or Beginning of the End for Shinzo Abe?
July 20, 2015
End of the Beginning or Beginning of the End for Shinzo Abe?
At what cost to the U.S.-Japan alliance will Shinzo Abe pursue his defense reforms?
End of the Beginning or Beginning of the End for Shinzo Abe?
How Does Japan's LDP Plan to Pass Security Reform?
July 10, 2015
How Does Japan's LDP Plan to Pass Security Reform?
With the 60-day rule, the Diet juggles technicalities and the LDP presses forward its bill reinterpreting Article 9.
How Does Japan's LDP Plan to Pass Security Reform?
The Domestic Hurdles for Japan's Defense Reforms
May 06, 2015
The Domestic Hurdles for Japan's Defense Reforms
With Abe's U.S. visit over, the next task is getting the domestic security reforms he promised while in Washington.
The Domestic Hurdles for Japan's Defense Reforms
Japan's Local Elections: LDP Victories Marred By Record-Low Turnout
May 02, 2015
Japan's Local Elections: LDP Victories Marred By Record-Low Turnout
The elections were a victory for the LDP, but a dismal showing for Japanese democracy.
Japan's Local Elections: LDP Victories Marred By Record-Low Turnout
Financial Scandals in Japan Could Force Shake-Up in Abe's Cabinet
March 04, 2015
Financial Scandals in Japan Could Force Shake-Up in Abe's Cabinet
Alleged violations of the Political Funds Control Law are reverberating through the LDP and DPJ alike.
Financial Scandals in Japan Could Force Shake-Up in Abe's Cabinet
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
Japan Approves Largest-Ever Defense Budget
January 14, 2015
Japan Approves Largest-Ever Defense Budget
Shinzo Abe's cabinet has approved a $42 billion defense budget, the largest ever in the country's history.
Japan Approves Largest-Ever Defense Budget
Will Northeast Asia's 2015 Be Overshadowed by War History?
January 03, 2015
Will Northeast Asia's 2015 Be Overshadowed by War History?
2015 is the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. How will Northeast Asia handle the milestone?
Will Northeast Asia's 2015 Be Overshadowed by War History?
It's Official: Japan Will Hold a Snap Election
November 22, 2014
It's Official: Japan Will Hold a Snap Election
Shinzo Abe has dissolved the lower house of Japan's Diet. Japan will head to the polls again on December 14, 2014.
It's Official: Japan Will Hold a Snap Election
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
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