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.
November 30, 2010
What the Okinawa Poll Means
Did economics trump the Futenma base relocation issue in Sunday’s gubernatorial election?
November 28, 2010
Clouds Gather as Budget Passes
Naoto Kan manages to get his extra budget passed. But two censure motions overshadow the achievement.
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.
November 16, 2010
DPJ Grey at APEC
TPP entry placed on back burner as Naoto Kan gets sidetracked by diplomatic disputes at APEC summit.
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.
November 10, 2010
Japan Edges Toward TPP Talks
But could excessive caution and pandering to farmers prevent it reaping a free trade harvest?
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.
October 17, 2010
Yen Set to Keep Rising
The yen keeps rising. But is there anything Japan’s government can do to stop it?
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.