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Abe Dissolves the Diet, Snap Elections Set for October
September 28, 2017
Abe Dissolves the Diet, Snap Elections Set for October
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is capitalizing on his recently higher approval ratings to renew his party's mandate.
Abe Dissolves the Diet, Snap Elections Set for October
Japan’s Necessary Nuclear Future
July 12, 2011
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.
Japan’s Necessary Nuclear Future
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.
Power Before the People?
Kan’s Last Cabinet Reshuffle?
January 14, 2011
Kan’s Last Cabinet Reshuffle?
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has just reshuffled his cabinet. Will it be the last chance he gets?
Kan’s Last Cabinet Reshuffle?
Japan’s Leadership Lifeline?
January 12, 2011
Japan’s Leadership Lifeline?
Should the DPJ introduce four-year terms for its party presidents in an effort to reduce the short-termism mentality?
Japan’s Leadership Lifeline?
Kan Shouldn’t Ditch Sengoku
January 08, 2011
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.
Kan Shouldn’t Ditch Sengoku
Less Power Please?
December 24, 2010
Less Power Please?
Plans released this week for reforming the House of Councillors struggle to see the wood from the trees.
Less Power Please?
Kan Must Grasp Ozawa Nettle
December 09, 2010
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.
Kan Must Grasp Ozawa Nettle
Japan's Petty Diet
December 04, 2010
Japan's Petty Diet
The 120th birthday of Japan’s parliament should have been a day of reflection, not an excuse for squabbling.
Japan's Petty Diet
Clouds Gather as Budget Passes
November 28, 2010
Clouds Gather as Budget Passes
Naoto Kan manages to get his extra budget passed. But two censure motions overshadow the achievement.
Clouds Gather as Budget Passes
Kan Clears Joker From Deck
November 22, 2010
Kan Clears Joker From Deck
Was Japanese Justice Minister Minoru Yanagida fired over last week’s gaffe? And will more heads roll?
Kan Clears Joker From Deck
LDP’s Pointless Posturing
November 17, 2010
LDP’s Pointless Posturing
Japan’s lower house passes a stimulus package—despite more LDP attempts to obstruct Diet proceedings.
LDP’s Pointless Posturing
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