Japan: De Facto Approval of Collective Self-Defense
July 16, 2014
Japan: De Facto Approval of Collective Self-Defense
Referencing its U.S. alliance at every step, the LDP sees no reason to pull back on normalization.
Japan: De Facto Approval of Collective Self-Defense
New Komeito Fighting Back on Collective Self-Defense
June 10, 2014
New Komeito Fighting Back on Collective Self-Defense
Japan’s ruling coalition appears no closer to Cabinet approval than when talks started last month.
New Komeito Fighting Back on Collective Self-Defense
Japan-North Korea Negotiations to Resume
May 20, 2014
Japan-North Korea Negotiations to Resume
Despite intense rhetoric, there is space for tactical concessions and further detente.
Japan-North Korea Negotiations to Resume
The Day After Abe’s Panel Report on Collective Self-Defense
May 16, 2014
The Day After Abe’s Panel Report on Collective Self-Defense
The LDP has made its case for collective self-defense. Will coalition partner New Komeito influence the process?
The Day After Abe’s Panel Report on Collective Self-Defense
Abe’s Next Steps Toward Collective Self-Defense
May 15, 2014
Abe’s Next Steps Toward Collective Self-Defense
The LDP is seeking to unite the coalition government in order to enshrine collective self-defense by year’s end.
Abe’s Next Steps Toward Collective Self-Defense
Powering the Future of Japan’s Industrial-Political Economy
April 24, 2014
Powering the Future of Japan’s Industrial-Political Economy
If the Japanese government wants to revive its nuclear power industry, it will need to engage with the public.
Powering the Future of Japan’s Industrial-Political Economy
Shinzo Abe’s Biggest Enemy: the LDP
April 14, 2014
Shinzo Abe’s Biggest Enemy: the LDP
Internal party discord shows the narrative of Japan’s rightward shift under Abe is not as simple as it might appear.
Shinzo Abe’s Biggest Enemy: the LDP
Governor Inose, The Face of Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic Bid, Resigns Over Loan Scandal
December 19, 2013
Governor Inose, The Face of Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic Bid, Resigns Over Loan Scandal
Writer-turned-politician steps down after unreported $480,000 “personal” loan called into question.
Governor Inose, The Face of Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic Bid, Resigns Over Loan Scandal
Japan’s Clumsy Perception Management
October 10, 2013
Japan’s Clumsy Perception Management
Japan’s security policies are widely misunderstood. With some better prioritizing, Abe could help correct that.
Japan’s Clumsy Perception Management
A Referendum for Japan
November 27, 2012
A Referendum for Japan
Does any party have the ideas and vision needed to help Tokyo overcome its myriad challenges?
A Referendum for Japan
Kan Needs to Attack LDP
February 22, 2011
Kan Needs to Attack LDP
Japan’s embattled prime minister should remind voters why they booted out the last lot.
Kan Needs to Attack LDP
Kan Should Ignore Polls
February 14, 2011
Kan Should Ignore Polls
Naoto Kan should ignore a new opinion poll that shows support for his Cabinet at under 20 percent.
Kan Should Ignore Polls
January 25, 2011
Power Before the People?
Japan’s problems didn’t begin with the DPJ. If elections are to mean anything, a party needs a fair crack at the whip.
Power Before the People?
LDP’s Pointless Posturing
November 17, 2010
LDP’s Pointless Posturing
Japan’s lower house passes a stimulus package—despite more LDP attempts to obstruct Diet proceedings.
LDP’s Pointless Posturing
LDP Not Playing Ball
November 02, 2010
LDP Not Playing Ball
Japan’s main opposition party could ultimately harm its own interests through its relentless criticism of the government.
LDP Not Playing Ball
July 28, 2010
DPJ ‘Riding Roughshod’
Leader of Japan’s main opposition party accuses the ruling parties of inconsiderate governance.
DPJ ‘Riding Roughshod’
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