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Japan Needs an Opposition Alliance
October 19, 2015
Japan Needs an Opposition Alliance
Unchecked unconstitutional legislation is a repeat of Japan’s prewar history.
Japan Needs an Opposition Alliance
Ichiro Ozawa: Statement on the 70th Anniversary of the End of WWII
August 20, 2015
Ichiro Ozawa: Statement on the 70th Anniversary of the End of WWII
"Japan still has not become a nation that truly understands democracy."
Ichiro Ozawa: Statement on the 70th Anniversary of the End of WWII
The Truth About the Diet Security Legislation Debate
July 03, 2015
The Truth About the Diet Security Legislation Debate
Peace should be achieved through the Japanese Constitution, the UN Charter and the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty.
The Truth About the Diet Security Legislation Debate
Respecting the Japanese Constitution
May 28, 2015
Respecting the Japanese Constitution
What the Abe government plans goes beyond a constitutional amendment.
Respecting the Japanese Constitution
The Dangerous Japan-U.S. Defense Guidelines Revisions
May 13, 2015
The Dangerous Japan-U.S. Defense Guidelines Revisions
A Japanese opposition leader on what is wrong with the changes to The Guidelines for Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation.
The Dangerous Japan-U.S. Defense Guidelines Revisions
'Money Politics' in Japan
November 26, 2014
'Money Politics' in Japan
Allegations of financial impropriety have a long and sordid history in Japanese politics.
'Money Politics' in Japan
Playing Politics in Japan
July 01, 2012
Playing Politics in Japan
Despite an impending economic crisis, Japan’s politicians seem more worried about their own careers.
Playing Politics in Japan
Building a New DPJ
August 30, 2011
Building a New DPJ
Yoshihiko Noda faces plenty of challenges as Japan’s new prime minister. The most immediate is choosing his new government.
Building a New DPJ
Japan’s Poisoned Chalice
August 30, 2011
Japan’s Poisoned Chalice
New Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda faces a deeply divided party and dysfunctional system.
Japan’s Poisoned Chalice
Knives Out (Again) in Japan
June 11, 2011
Knives Out (Again) in Japan
Naoto Kan’s days as premier look numbered, says veteran Japan watcher Karel van Wolferen. But who comes next is much less clear.
Knives Out (Again) in Japan
Japan's Depressing Squabbling
June 09, 2011
Japan's Depressing Squabbling
As Japan’s politicians squabble, the public is getting frustrated. Sadly, the DPJ can’t even put its own house in order.
Japan's Depressing Squabbling
Kan Holding On, for Now
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.
Kan Holding On, for Now
Kan Should Ignore Polls
February 14, 2011
Kan Should Ignore Polls
Naoto Kan should ignore a new opinion poll that shows support for his Cabinet at under 20 percent.
Kan Should Ignore Polls
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?
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