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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.
Few Clues Over Tokyo Poll
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?
January 13, 2011
Japan’s 1st Lady: ‘Kan Won’t Quit’
Nobuko Kan says her husband wants to change Japan for the better—and she’ll be supporting him with tough love.
Japan’s 1st Lady: ‘Kan Won’t Quit’
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
Kan Sets 2011 Agenda
January 05, 2011
Kan Sets 2011 Agenda
The Japanese PM has set out three principles to guide his government in the New Year. But will he choke?
Kan Sets 2011 Agenda
If Japan had Channelled FDR...
December 30, 2010
If Japan had Channelled FDR...
The DPJ missed a chance to transform how Japan is governed, says Tobias Harris in the third in our series of end of year interviews.
If Japan had Channelled FDR...
Ozawa Relents, Will Testify
December 28, 2010
Ozawa Relents, Will Testify
Ruling party kingmaker Ichiro Ozawa is seemingly pressured into appearing before the Diet. But what’s in it for him?
Ozawa Relents, Will Testify
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?
December 20, 2010
Ichiro Ozawa Won't Change Tune
DPJ bruiser Ichiro Ozawa still won’t testify despite Kan’s overtures. Is he preparing to leave the party?
Ichiro Ozawa Won't Change Tune
Kan Tactless on North Korea
December 13, 2010
Kan Tactless on North Korea
Naoto Kan’s suggestion of an SDF deployment to South Korea in the event of war was badly timed.
Kan Tactless on North Korea
December 13, 2010
What's Taking Ozawa so Long?
Ichiro Ozawa’s failure to explain himself to the Diet over a funding scandal hardly helps the DPJ’s image.
What's Taking Ozawa so Long?
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 Hard Green Line
December 08, 2010
Japan's Hard Green Line
Tokyo’s surprising stance at the Cancun meet may stimulate talk. But its own environmental policy is still insufficient.
Japan's Hard Green Line
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
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