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Ghosts of the Past in the LDP Presidential Election
September 25, 2021

Ghosts of the Past in the LDP Presidential Election

By Taro Tsuda
The backgrounds and formative influences of the candidates are a particularly rich trove of information, given the powerful role of factional lineages and dynastic politics in Japan.

Where Are Japan’s Policy Entrepreneurs?
September 22, 2021

Where Are Japan’s Policy Entrepreneurs?

By Jake Northey
For all the focus on Japan’s ruling LDP, some of Japan’s most influential policy innovators aren’t found within government at all.
What If Kono Taro Becomes Japan’s Next Prime Minister?
September 10, 2021

What If Kono Taro Becomes Japan’s Next Prime Minister?

By Daisuke Akimoto
The spirit of the Kono Statement will be welcomed by Beijing and Seoul - if Kono Taro truly intends to follow in his father's footsteps.

Japan’s Prime Minister Hopefuls Outline Different Visions
September 09, 2021

Japan’s Prime Minister Hopefuls Outline Different Visions

By Mari Yamaguchi
The LDP presidential race – which will determine the country’s next leader – is shaping up.

The Arrival of Kishida Diplomacy?
September 07, 2021

The Arrival of Kishida Diplomacy?

By Daisuke Akimoto
If Kishida Fumio, Japan's longest-serving foreign minister, becomes prime minister, what will his foreign policy agenda look like?

Suga Bows Out of Party Vote, Paves Way for New Japan Leader
September 04, 2021

Suga Bows Out of Party Vote, Paves Way for New Japan Leader

By Mari Yamaguchi
The Liberal Democrats and their coalition partner have a majority in parliament. Whoever wins the September 29 party vote is likely to become the new prime minister. 

US Climate Envoy in Japan to Push Efforts to Cut Emissions
August 31, 2021

US Climate Envoy in Japan to Push Efforts to Cut Emissions

By Mari Yamaguchi
John Kerry is in Japan to press Tokyo for more aggressive action on emissions.
Japan’s COVID-19 Vaccination Drive Success Is an Opportunity for Global Leadership
August 31, 2021

Japan’s COVID-19 Vaccination Drive Success Is an Opportunity for Global Leadership

By James Gannon and Kazuyo Kato
Tokyo is battling a surge in COVID-19 cases, but its initially slow vaccination campaign has surged ahead too. 

Will Japan Become a Hub for China and Russia to Evade Sanctions?
August 26, 2021

Will Japan Become a Hub for China and Russia to Evade Sanctions?

By Francis Shin
Compared to the rest of the G-7, Japan’s relatively lax stance could make it a prime candidate for money laundering and other sanctions evasion activities.

Japan Further Expands Virus Emergency Areas as Cases Surge
August 26, 2021

Japan Further Expands Virus Emergency Areas as Cases Surge

By Mari Yamaguchi
33 of Japan's 47 prefectures are now under some type of emergency measures.

Japan Extends, Expands Coronavirus Emergency as Cases Surge Post-Olympics
August 17, 2021

Japan Extends, Expands Coronavirus Emergency as Cases Surge Post-Olympics

By Yuri Kageyama
“The surge in infections is reaching alarming record highs,” Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide said in announcing the decision.
The Resilience of Japanese Whaling
August 11, 2021

The Resilience of Japanese Whaling

By Gabriel Fung and Andy Ka Hei Vu
Whale meat is branded as a national cuisine, but very few Japanese eat it.

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