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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
December 27, 2010
No New Year Sunrise for Kan
It has been a tough year for Naoto Kan and his ruling DPJ. Things don’t look likely to improve anytime soon.
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?
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.