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Japan's Aegis Ashore System Hits a Roadblock: Domestic Politics
July 09, 2019

Japan's Aegis Ashore System Hits a Roadblock: Domestic Politics

By Mina Pollmann
Local opposition, and a poorly handled government explanation, have delayed deployment of the new systems.

Could Japan’s Shinzo Abe Retain Power for a Fourth Term?
March 20, 2019

Could Japan’s Shinzo Abe Retain Power for a Fourth Term?

By Thisanka Siripala
Without a clear leader to succeed Abe, his devout followers in the LDP hint at extending his time in office. 
After the Presidential Election, What Next for Abe and the LDP?
September 23, 2018

After the Presidential Election, What Next for Abe and the LDP?

By Thisanka Siripala
After a sweeping victory against a rival LDP member, Abe secures a new 3 year term as party leader -- and prime minister.

Can Anyone Unseat Shinzo Abe?
August 01, 2018

Can Anyone Unseat Shinzo Abe?

By Mina Pollmann
Despite his scandals, Abe is well-positioned win the LDP's presidential election this fall.

Shinzo Abe's North Korea Dilemma
July 28, 2018

Shinzo Abe's North Korea Dilemma

By Yuichiro Kakutani
Domestic political calculations, not national interest, are behind Abe's approach to North Korea.

If Not North Korea, Who Will Be Japan’s Chief Antagonist?
June 02, 2018

If Not North Korea, Who Will Be Japan’s Chief Antagonist?

By Erik Isaksson
North Korea has long played the enemy for Japanese domestic political purposes. If peace comes, that will have to change.

Will Mounting Pressure to Sack Finance Minister Aso Spell the End for PM Abe?
March 15, 2018

Will Mounting Pressure to Sack Finance Minister Aso Spell the End for PM Abe?

By Thisanka Siripala
Aso’s political career hangs by a thread after admitting the ministry tampered with a report on the Moritomo Gakuen scandal.
Japan Election Victory Gives Abe Mandate For Reform
October 23, 2017

Japan Election Victory Gives Abe Mandate For Reform

By Anthony Fensom
The ruling coalition scores a two-thirds majority in the Lower House elections.

Of Ospreys and Stallions: US Military Aircraft Accidents and Japanese Domestic Politics
October 20, 2017

Of Ospreys and Stallions: US Military Aircraft Accidents and Japanese Domestic Politics

By John Wright
Despite a strong alliance, Japan's stern response to U.S. military accidents is predictable.

What's China's View On Abe’s Latest Cabinet Reshuffle?
August 17, 2017

What's China's View On Abe’s Latest Cabinet Reshuffle?

By Pengqiao Lu
Compared to the past, China has been relatively restrained in its criticism of Abe.

Abe's Cabinet Reshuffle, Explained
August 05, 2017

Abe's Cabinet Reshuffle, Explained

By Michael MacArthur Bosack
Despite a drastic public opinion slide, Abe's new cabinet was remarkably consistent.
Can a Cabinet Reshuffle Reverse Abe's Downward Spiral?
July 25, 2017

Can a Cabinet Reshuffle Reverse Abe's Downward Spiral?

By Mina Pollmann
The LDP takes another electoral hit as approval ratings continue to slide.

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