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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.
Abe Reassures After Election Victory
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 Upper House Election
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’s Future in the Balance
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.
Japan Tries (Yet) Again
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.
Building a New DPJ
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’s Poisoned Chalice
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?
Japan as Belgium
Kan Holding On, for Now
June 06, 2011
Kan Holding On, for Now
Naoto Kan survives a no-confidence motion following a deal with a former premier. But his days are now numbered.
Kan Holding On, for Now
May 31, 2011
Japan's Crisis and the SDF
Japan’s Self-Defense Force had good reviews for its post-crisis performance. Is the public ready for more?
Japan's Crisis and the SDF
Why Aren’t Japanese Protesting?
May 26, 2011
Why Aren’t Japanese Protesting?
Despite the unpopularity of Naoto Kan and his government, the Japanese public has remained relatively quiet.
Why Aren’t Japanese Protesting?
Fixing Japan’s Fiscal Mess
May 12, 2011
Fixing Japan’s Fiscal Mess
Massively indebted, Japan needs new funds to pay for recovery efforts and kick-start its economy. It’s time to be innovative.
Fixing Japan’s Fiscal Mess
The Struggle for a New Japan
April 02, 2011
The Struggle for a New Japan
Naoto Kan has shown during the ongoing crisis his determination for a more open style of government in Japan. It won’t be easy for him.
The Struggle for a New Japan
Japan’s Political Tremors
March 30, 2011
Japan’s Political Tremors
The earthquake and tsunami were preceded by major tremors in the country’s political system. Their continuation will help shape post-disaster Japan.
Japan’s Political Tremors
Maehara Reportedly Quits
March 06, 2011
Maehara Reportedly Quits
Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara reportedly quits Sunday over a 200,000 yen donation.
Maehara Reportedly Quits
Will Donations Derail Maehara?
March 06, 2011
Will Donations Derail Maehara?
Will accounting oversights mean Japan loses the very capable Seiji Maehara as foreign minister.
Will Donations Derail Maehara?
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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