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Japan Ends Coronavirus State of Emergency, Aims to Gradually Reopen the Economy 
May 27, 2020

Japan Ends Coronavirus State of Emergency, Aims to Gradually Reopen the Economy 

By Thisanka Siripala
The government declares success against the coronavirus and moves to incrementally resume economic activity.

Coronavirus or No, Japan’s Politics Remain Stuck
May 27, 2020

Coronavirus or No, Japan’s Politics Remain Stuck

By Yusaku Yoshikawa
Despite strong disapproval of Prime Minister Abe’s COVID-19 response, the public sees little alternative to his continued governance.
Abe’s Popularity Plummets Amid Latest Controversy
May 25, 2020

Abe’s Popularity Plummets Amid Latest Controversy

By Thisanka Siripala
Abe’s approval ratings fell to a two-year low as online protests derailed the passage of a bill delaying the retirement age of prosecutors.

Japan Approves a Partial Cancellation of National Emergency Ahead of Expiration Date
May 15, 2020

Japan Approves a Partial Cancellation of National Emergency Ahead of Expiration Date

By Thisanka Siripala
The government shifts its coronavirus response toward cluster tracing and long-term lifestyle changes.

The Trouble With Linking COVID-19 to Japan’s Hikikomori
May 14, 2020

The Trouble With Linking COVID-19 to Japan’s Hikikomori

By Tadasu Takahashi
The mental health issue is already poorly understood; now its role in the public imagination is shifting again.

The Rise of Japan’s Governors: Central-Local Relations During a Pandemic
May 12, 2020

The Rise of Japan’s Governors: Central-Local Relations During a Pandemic

By Michio Ueda
While Japan’s central government moved slowly to respond to COVID-19, prefectural governors sprung into action. That could have lasting consequences.

Is Japan Pulling Its Companies out of China?
May 11, 2020

Is Japan Pulling Its Companies out of China?

By Shin Kawashima
A recent Japanese government policy is significant, but hardly a decoupling.
Japan Navigates an Extended National Emergency
May 08, 2020

Japan Navigates an Extended National Emergency

By Thisanka Siripala
New social guidelines detail public health manners aimed at easing pressure on hospitals in the COVID-19 era.

Japan Should Have a Serious Debate on Revising Its Constitution—But Not Now
May 07, 2020

Japan Should Have a Serious Debate on Revising Its Constitution—But Not Now

By Rintaro Nishimura
Shinzo Abe is right about the need for a debate, but the time is not right.

Tokyo Prods Japanese Firms to Leave China
May 05, 2020

Tokyo Prods Japanese Firms to Leave China

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from David Arase.

What Will Tokyo’s Postponed Olympics Mean for Japanese Politics?
May 02, 2020

What Will Tokyo’s Postponed Olympics Mean for Japanese Politics?

By Kristo Tamm
Shinzo Abe’s legacy is on the line.
Japan’s Jobless Rate Spikes as Companies Clamor for Assistance
May 02, 2020

Japan’s Jobless Rate Spikes as Companies Clamor for Assistance

By Thisanka Siripala
Confusion, controversy, and red tape have critics warning that government assistance will arrive too late to keep businesses from going under.

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