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What the Okinawa Poll Means
November 30, 2010
What the Okinawa Poll Means
Did economics trump the Futenma base relocation issue in Sunday’s gubernatorial election?
What the Okinawa Poll Means
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
November 20, 2010
Kan Looks for Poll Gloom Cure
Naoto Kan takes up blogging in hopes of boosting his DPJ government’s sagging poll ratings.
Kan Looks for Poll Gloom Cure
DPJ Grey at APEC
November 16, 2010
DPJ Grey at APEC
TPP entry placed on back burner as Naoto Kan gets sidetracked by diplomatic disputes at APEC summit.
DPJ Grey at APEC
Japan and China’s Masochists
November 11, 2010
Japan and China’s Masochists
Japanese and Chinese nationalists want their countries to look like victims. It’s a poor way to make policy.
Japan and China’s Masochists
Japan Edges Toward TPP Talks
November 10, 2010
Japan Edges Toward TPP Talks
But could excessive caution and pandering to farmers prevent it reaping a free trade harvest?
Japan Edges Toward TPP Talks
LDP Not Playing Ball
November 02, 2010
LDP Not Playing Ball
Japan’s main opposition party could ultimately harm its own interests through its relentless criticism of the government.
LDP Not Playing Ball
October 25, 2010
Machimura’s By-election Win
Odds were in favour of the LDP heavyweight. We shouldn’t read too much into the DPJ’s defeat.
Machimura’s By-election Win
Yen Set to Keep Rising
October 17, 2010
Yen Set to Keep Rising
The yen keeps rising. But is there anything Japan’s government can do to stop it?
Yen Set to Keep Rising
Japan: What Island Dispute?
October 06, 2010
Japan: What Island Dispute?
Japan’s foreign minister shrugs off talk of a territory dispute with China over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.
Japan: What Island Dispute?
Ozawa’s Indictment Demise?
October 05, 2010
Ozawa’s Indictment Demise?
Does a decision to indict the political bigwig signal the end of a long career?
Ozawa’s Indictment Demise?
Kan Shuffles Cabinet Deck
September 17, 2010
Kan Shuffles Cabinet Deck
The Japanese PM has drawn his allies close and moved rival Ichiro Ozawa to the backbench.
Kan Shuffles Cabinet Deck
No Downtime for PM Kan
September 15, 2010
No Downtime for PM Kan
The rising yen, economy, Futenma issue, China… Naoto Kan hasn’t got the time to relax.
No Downtime for PM Kan
Kan Holds Onto Japan Leadership
September 14, 2010
Kan Holds Onto Japan Leadership
Prime Minister Naoto Kan has survived a close-fought challenge to his leadership by Ichiro Ozawa.
Kan Holds Onto Japan Leadership
September 13, 2010
Ozawa-Kan Leadership Finale
The DPJ election circus is coming to a close. But will lawmakers be listening to the Japanese public?
Ozawa-Kan Leadership Finale
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