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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.

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?

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.

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?

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.

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.

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 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?

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.

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.

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?

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.

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