Japan's Troubling State Secrets Law Takes Effect
December 18, 2014
Japan's Troubling State Secrets Law Takes Effect
The state secrets law, passed despite public opposition, provides little oversight or accountability.
Japan's Troubling State Secrets Law Takes Effect
Wary China Eyes 4 More Years of Abe in Japan
December 18, 2014
Wary China Eyes 4 More Years of Abe in Japan
With Abe now set to control Japan for the near future, China renews its warnings about his rightist tendencies.
Wary China Eyes 4 More Years of Abe in 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’s Back and So Is Nationalism
December 14, 2014
Japan’s Back and So Is Nationalism
Voters head to the polls today, after two years that have seen a revival – of sorts – of nationalism in Japan.
Japan’s Back and So Is Nationalism
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
Yomiuri Shimbun Apologizes on Comfort Women Issue
December 04, 2014
Yomiuri Shimbun Apologizes on Comfort Women Issue
The right-wing newspaper apologizes for calling WWII sex slaves….sex slaves.
Yomiuri Shimbun Apologizes on Comfort Women Issue
Japan Considers State Financing for Defense Exports
November 28, 2014
Japan Considers State Financing for Defense Exports
The Japanese government will back Japanese firms involved in defense exports with financing.
Japan Considers State Financing for Defense Exports
US-Japan Defense Guidelines Likely to Be Delayed
November 26, 2014
US-Japan Defense Guidelines Likely to Be Delayed
For now, Japan’s domestic political turmoil and economic woes are trumping its regional security challenges.
US-Japan Defense Guidelines Likely to Be Delayed
'Money Politics' in Japan
November 26, 2014
'Money Politics' in Japan
Allegations of financial impropriety have a long and sordid history in Japanese politics.
'Money Politics' in Japan
Another Election in Tokyo
November 22, 2014
Another Election in Tokyo
The ruling coalition already has a huge majority in the Japanese parliament. So why go to the polls early?
Another Election in Tokyo
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
Shinzo Abe’s Next Steps
November 19, 2014
Shinzo Abe’s Next Steps
An election, tax delay, and stimulus package show the premier is intent on securing his legacy.
Shinzo Abe’s Next Steps
After APEC, Whither the Trans-Pacific Partnership?
November 19, 2014
After APEC, Whither the Trans-Pacific Partnership?
With the U.S. and Japan nearing a deal and Republicans in control of Congress, could 2015 be the TPP’s year?
After APEC, Whither the Trans-Pacific Partnership?
US, Japan, Australia Boost Maritime Cooperation
November 19, 2014
US, Japan, Australia Boost Maritime Cooperation
The leaders of the three countries met on the sidelines of the 2014 G20 meeting in Brisbane, Australia.
US, Japan, Australia Boost Maritime Cooperation
Will History Repeat in Japan?
November 18, 2014
Will History Repeat in Japan?
Poor economic data prompt election talk and put the next consumption tax hike in doubt.
Will History Repeat in Japan?
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