Split, Merge, and Lose? The Future of Party Politics in Japan
March 25, 2016
Split, Merge, and Lose? The Future of Party Politics in Japan
An opposition merger is a symptom of a deeper problem with Japanese party politics.
Split, Merge, and Lose? The Future of Party Politics in Japan
Japan: Shinzo Abe’s Upcoming Election Test
March 24, 2016
Japan: Shinzo Abe’s Upcoming Election Test
Will Japan’s farmers revolt against the LDP in the July Upper House election?
Japan: Shinzo Abe’s Upcoming Election Test
Japan: Why the TPP Bill Will Pass the Diet
March 19, 2016
Japan: Why the TPP Bill Will Pass the Diet
Despite opposition efforts, here is why the bill will pass through parliament.
Japan: Why the TPP Bill Will Pass the Diet
Can Japan's Opposition Unite to Dethrone the LDP?
February 26, 2016
Can Japan's Opposition Unite to Dethrone the LDP?
By-elections in April will be a testing ground for major opposition parties' election strategy.
Can Japan's Opposition Unite to Dethrone the LDP?
How Can Japan Improve Its Relations With China and South Korea?
November 07, 2015
How Can Japan Improve Its Relations With China and South Korea?
The China-Japan-South Korea trilateral was a good thing for Japan, but much work lies ahead.
How Can Japan Improve Its Relations With China and South Korea?
Japan: Splits, Mergers and Alliances
November 02, 2015
Japan: Splits, Mergers and Alliances
A Japanese party splits, and that could signal a new round of mergers and alliances.
Japan: Splits, Mergers and Alliances
Shinzo Abe Refrains From Joining Japanese Lawmakers at Yasukuni Shrine
October 21, 2015
Shinzo Abe Refrains From Joining Japanese Lawmakers at Yasukuni Shrine
The Japanese prime minister seems to have learned his lesson about visiting Yasukuni.
Shinzo Abe Refrains From Joining Japanese Lawmakers at Yasukuni Shrine
Trans-Pacific Partnership: Prospects and Challenges
October 09, 2015
Trans-Pacific Partnership: Prospects and Challenges
The Diplomat's Ankit Panda speaks with Devin Stewart about the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Trans-Pacific Partnership: Prospects and Challenges
With His Reelection As LDP President, Shinzo Abe Is Firmly in the Saddle
September 10, 2015
With His Reelection As LDP President, Shinzo Abe Is Firmly in the Saddle
With his reelection as LDP president, Shinzo Abe appears to be immovable.
With His Reelection As LDP President, Shinzo Abe Is Firmly in the Saddle
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 Plans New Law to Speed Military Deployment
January 09, 2015
Japan Plans New Law to Speed Military Deployment
A new permanent law on dispatching JSDF overseas would not require a constitutional amendment.
Japan Plans New Law to Speed Military Deployment
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
Abe's Post-Election Agenda for Japan
December 18, 2014
Abe's Post-Election Agenda for Japan
Dr. Sheila Smith on Japan's snap elections and the challenges facing Abe moving forward.
Abe's Post-Election Agenda for Japan
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: Electoral Landslide With an Ambiguous Mandate
December 13, 2014
Japan: Electoral Landslide With an Ambiguous Mandate
Shinzo Abe is likely to win comfortably this weekend. But what will it mean?
Japan: Electoral Landslide With an Ambiguous Mandate
Shinzo Abe’s Election Gamble
December 04, 2014
Shinzo Abe’s Election Gamble
The snap elections in December have the potential to backfire for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Shinzo Abe’s Election Gamble
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