October 07, 2021
Japan’s Kishida: A Dove in Hawk’s Clothing?
By John Nilsson-Wright
The new Japanese prime minister will find it a challenge to unite his divided party while also winning the confidence of an increasingly skeptical electorate.
October 01, 2021
Is Japan’s New LDP Leader a Victory for the Party Establishment or a Risk?
By Thisanka Siripala
Kishida Fumio won the ruling party’s leadership election to become Japan’s next prime minister despite widespread public support for runner up Kono Taro.
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.
September 23, 2021
What Will Japan’s New Prime Minister Mean for the Economy?
By Anthony Fensom
The markets are backing the maverick Kono to prevail as the LDP presidential race heats up.
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.
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.
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?
July 01, 2021
The Political Implications of Japan’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
By Naoko Aoki
The success of Japan’s vaccination campaign could determine whether Prime Minister Suga stays in office beyond this fall.
July 26, 2019
What Japan's Elections Tell Us About a Post-Abe LDP
By Mina Pollmann
The results were an indication of ballot box strength, but Abe's pending Cabinet reshuffle will be equally telling.