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Yuriko Koike’s New Party: A Real Game-Changer for Japanese Politics?
September 28, 2017
Yuriko Koike’s New Party: A Real Game-Changer for Japanese Politics?
Does the Tokyo governor's new party galvanize Japan's opposition?
Yuriko Koike’s New Party: A Real Game-Changer for Japanese Politics?
Does Another Election Loom in Japan?
October 06, 2016
Does Another Election Loom in Japan?
A snap election may be political expedient for Abe, but do Japanese taxpayers need to pay for another election now?
Does Another Election Loom in Japan?
Split, Merge, and Lose? The Future of Party Politics in Japan
March 25, 2016
Split, Merge, and Lose? The Future of Party Politics in Japan
An opposition merger is a symptom of a deeper problem with Japanese party politics.
Split, Merge, and Lose? The Future of Party Politics in Japan
Can Japan's Opposition Unite to Dethrone the LDP?
February 26, 2016
Can Japan's Opposition Unite to Dethrone the LDP?
By-elections in April will be a testing ground for major opposition parties' election strategy.
Can Japan's Opposition Unite to Dethrone the LDP?
Japan: Splits, Mergers and Alliances
November 02, 2015
Japan: Splits, Mergers and Alliances
A Japanese party splits, and that could signal a new round of mergers and alliances.
Japan: Splits, Mergers and Alliances
Japan's Abe Is in for a Successful September, But at a Cost
September 03, 2015
Japan's Abe Is in for a Successful September, But at a Cost
Abe will see his security legislation passed, but will need to boost Japan's economy to win back support.
Japan's Abe Is in for a Successful September, But at a Cost
Who Will Lead Japan's Opposition?
January 14, 2015
Who Will Lead Japan's Opposition?
Japan's largest opposition party, the DPJ, is in the midst of a close race for party president.
Who Will Lead Japan's Opposition?
LDP Hegemony and the Future of Japanese Foreign Policy
December 28, 2014
LDP Hegemony and the Future of Japanese Foreign Policy
With Shinzo Abe returned to power, is Japan back to an era of foreign policy stability?
LDP Hegemony and the Future of Japanese Foreign Policy
Abe's Post-Election Agenda for Japan
December 18, 2014
Abe's Post-Election Agenda for Japan
Dr. Sheila Smith on Japan's snap elections and the challenges facing Abe moving forward.
Abe's Post-Election Agenda for 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: 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
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
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
No End in Sight for Marginalization of Japan’s Opposition
June 23, 2014
No End in Sight for Marginalization of Japan’s Opposition
As opposition parties continue to split, the LDP seems unlikely to face a unified threat.
No End in Sight for Marginalization of Japan’s Opposition
A Taxing Time for Japan
April 21, 2011
A Taxing Time for Japan
The government is considering a 3% hike in the consumption tax to pay for reconstruction. But will it backfire?
A Taxing Time for Japan
Kan Needs to Attack LDP
February 22, 2011
Kan Needs to Attack LDP
Japan’s embattled prime minister should remind voters why they booted out the last lot.
Kan Needs to Attack LDP
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