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Shinzo Abe's Approval Rating Dips Below 50 Percent
July 29, 2014

Shinzo Abe's Approval Rating Dips Below 50 Percent

By Ankit Panda
Following a slowdown in Abenomics' success and the collective self-defense resolution, Abe's approval falls.
Japan Opposition Leader Meets With Chinese Officials
July 17, 2014

Japan Opposition Leader Meets With Chinese Officials

By Shannon Tiezzi
Banri Kaieda, head of Japan's DJP, is in China hoping to repair ties between Tokyo and Beijing.

Japanese Opposition Continues to Fracture
June 05, 2014

Japanese Opposition Continues to Fracture

By Clint Richards
Can Japan’s small, fractured opposition find the ability to coordinate on hot-button issues?

Reshuffling Japan’s Opposition
May 29, 2014

Reshuffling Japan’s Opposition

By Clint Richards
More parties are splitting and merging, but none seem able to challenge the LDP.

Japan Opposition Party Leader Backs 'Limited' Collective Defense Proposal
April 11, 2014

Japan Opposition Party Leader Backs 'Limited' Collective Defense Proposal

By Ankit Panda
The DPJ's Former Vice Defense Minister Akihisa Nagashima supports the LDP's collective defense proposal.
Abe Reassures After Election Victory
July 24, 2013

Abe Reassures After Election Victory

Shinzo Abe gets the Upper House victory he wanted, and then moves to reassure voters as to his intentions.

Japan’s Upper House Election
July 09, 2013

Japan’s Upper House Election

As campaigning gets underway for this month’s Upper House election in Japan, Shinzo Abe’s ruling LDP appears well placed.

Japan’s Future in the Balance
November 03, 2011

Japan’s Future in the Balance

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has a chance to rescue Japan’s economy with a key free trade agreement. Failure to seize it could result in terminal decline.

Japan Tries (Yet) Again
August 30, 2011

Japan Tries (Yet) Again

Yoshihiko Noda takes office at the most crucial time for Japan in half a century, says Michael Auslin. But with lacklustre public support, he has his work cut out.

Building a New DPJ
August 30, 2011

Building a New DPJ

Yoshihiko Noda faces plenty of challenges as Japan’s new prime minister. The most immediate is choosing his new government.

Japan’s Poisoned Chalice
August 30, 2011

Japan’s Poisoned Chalice

New Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda faces a deeply divided party and dysfunctional system.

Japan as Belgium
August 26, 2011

Japan as Belgium

Naoto Kan’s resignation is a reminder of how dysfunctional Japanese politics is. Will the public demand change?

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