Island Diets Are Changing for the Worse. Here’s How to Stop It
By Judith Francis
Abe Makes a Surprise Appearance, Hails 45 Years of Japan-China Relations
By Charlotte Gao
Abe Dissolves the Diet, Snap Elections Set for October
By Zachary Torrey
Japan’s Necessary Nuclear Future
Any big shift from nuclear power will take years. It’s time for Japan’s politicians to show some leadership to ensure the country’s reactors get back online.
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.
Kan’s Last Cabinet Reshuffle?
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has just reshuffled his cabinet. Will it be the last chance he gets?
Japan’s Leadership Lifeline?
Should the DPJ introduce four-year terms for its party presidents in an effort to reduce the short-termism mentality?
Kan Shouldn’t Ditch Sengoku
By keeping his right-hand man in the Cabinet, Kan can send a strong message that he won’t be blackmailed.
Less Power Please?
Plans released this week for reforming the House of Councillors struggle to see the wood from the trees.
Kan Must Grasp Ozawa Nettle
If Naoto Kan wants to show he’s in control of the DPJ, he first needs to show he’s in control of Ozawa.
Japan's Petty Diet
The 120th birthday of Japan’s parliament should have been a day of reflection, not an excuse for squabbling.
Clouds Gather as Budget Passes
Naoto Kan manages to get his extra budget passed. But two censure motions overshadow the achievement.