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Recession Returns to Japan
November 17, 2014

Recession Returns to Japan

By Clint Richards
Monday’s dismal figures put Japan on track for elections and a further tax delay.
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

By Clint Richards
Polls indicate dissatisfaction with Abe’s main policies, but lack of opposition probably means no change.

No End in Sight for Marginalization of Japan’s Opposition
June 23, 2014

No End in Sight for Marginalization of Japan’s Opposition

By Clint Richards
As opposition parties continue to split, the LDP seems unlikely to face a unified threat.

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?

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 Should Ignore Polls
February 14, 2011

Kan Should Ignore Polls

Naoto Kan should ignore a new opinion poll that shows support for his Cabinet at under 20 percent.

January 25, 2011

Power Before the People?

Japan’s problems didn’t begin with the DPJ. If elections are to mean anything, a party needs a fair crack at the whip.

Should Japan Just Relax?
January 07, 2011

Should Japan Just Relax?

Commentators are always quick to warn of Japan’s impending demise. But are things really as bad they’re made out?

Kan Sets 2011 Agenda
January 05, 2011

Kan Sets 2011 Agenda

The Japanese PM has set out three principles to guide his government in the New Year. But will he choke?

LDP Not Playing Ball
November 02, 2010

LDP Not Playing Ball

Japan’s main opposition party could ultimately harm its own interests through its relentless criticism of the government.

Japan: What Island Dispute?
October 06, 2010

Japan: What Island Dispute?

Japan’s foreign minister shrugs off talk of a territory dispute with China over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.

Kan Shuffles Cabinet Deck
September 17, 2010

Kan Shuffles Cabinet Deck

The Japanese PM has drawn his allies close and moved rival Ichiro Ozawa to the backbench.

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