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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 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’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?

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 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?

Kan Shouldn’t Ditch Sengoku
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.

Kan Sets 2011 Agenda
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?

If Japan had Channelled FDR...
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.

Ozawa Relents, Will Testify
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?

No New Year Sunrise for Kan
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.

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