Recession Returns to Japan
November 17, 2014
Recession Returns to Japan
Monday’s dismal figures put Japan on track for elections and a further tax delay.
Recession Returns to Japan
Could Abe Call a Snap Election?
November 11, 2014
Could Abe Call a Snap Election?
An attempt to justify a change in course over the tax hike could backfire for the prime minister.
Could Abe Call a Snap Election?
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
Key Misfire for Abe’s New Cabinet
August 25, 2014
Key Misfire for Abe’s New Cabinet
LDP Secretary General Shigeru Ishiba appears to be gambling that Abe will be vulnerable by next year.
Key Misfire for Abe’s New Cabinet
Polls Give Abe a Bump, But Not on Collective Self-Defense
August 05, 2014
Polls Give Abe a Bump, But Not on Collective Self-Defense
Polls indicate dissatisfaction with Abe’s main policies, but lack of opposition probably means no change.
Polls Give Abe a Bump, But Not on Collective Self-Defense
The TPP and Japanese Agriculture
July 23, 2014
The TPP and Japanese Agriculture
The farm sector’s influence is on the wane in Japan, although you wouldn’t know it from the TPP talks.
The TPP and Japanese Agriculture
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
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