August 26, 2011
Japan as Belgium
Naoto Kan’s resignation is a reminder of how dysfunctional Japanese politics is. Will the public demand change?
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.
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?
May 26, 2011
Why Aren’t Japanese Protesting?
Despite the unpopularity of Naoto Kan and his government, the Japanese public has remained relatively quiet.
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.
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.
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.
March 06, 2011
Maehara Reportedly Quits
Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara reportedly quits Sunday over a 200,000 yen donation.
March 06, 2011
Will Donations Derail Maehara?
Will accounting oversights mean Japan loses the very capable Seiji Maehara as foreign minister.
February 22, 2011
Kan Needs to Attack LDP
Japan’s embattled prime minister should remind voters why they booted out the last lot.
February 11, 2011
Few Clues Over Tokyo Poll
Despite there being only two months until Tokyo’s gubernatorial poll, there’s so far only one official candidate.
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.