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Tokyo's Governor Throws in With a New Political Party
June 02, 2017

Tokyo's Governor Throws in With a New Political Party

By Mina Pollmann
Yuriko Koike has officially withdrawn from the LDP to head the new Tomin First no Kai.
Japan's Path to Constitutional Amendment
May 26, 2017

Japan's Path to Constitutional Amendment

By Michael MacArthur Bosack
The steps Shinzo Abe must take to achieve constitutional revision, and the political implications.

What Role for Japan in Africa’s Security After Withdrawal from South Sudan?
May 24, 2017

What Role for Japan in Africa’s Security After Withdrawal from South Sudan?

By Céline Pajon
There still is a big gap between the discourse and the reality of what Japan wants—and what it can achieve in Africa.

Japan Self-Defense Force Withdraws From South Sudan
March 13, 2017

Japan Self-Defense Force Withdraws From South Sudan

By Yuki Tatsumi
The decision highlights the domestic constraints on Japan's defense activities abroad.

Why Japan Has No Donald Trump
October 03, 2016

Why Japan Has No Donald Trump

By Richard Solomon
Unlike the U.S. (Trump) or U.K. (Brexit), Japan lacks a strong, anti-establishment populist movement.
Democratic Party Presidential Election: Another Missed Opportunity for Japan's Opposition
September 19, 2016

Democratic Party Presidential Election: Another Missed Opportunity for Japan's Opposition

By Yuki Tatsumi
Once again, the DP misses a chance to carry out substantial political debate.

What Does Tokyo's New Governor Mean for Japanese Politics?
August 03, 2016

What Does Tokyo's New Governor Mean for Japanese Politics?

By Yuki Tatsumi
How an independent candidate managed to beat out candidates from both the ruling LDP and the main opposition coalition.
Abe and the Bureacracy: Tightening the Reins
June 16, 2016

Abe and the Bureacracy: Tightening the Reins

By Markus Winter
No other prime minister has held a tighter rein over Japan’s once-mighty bureaucracy. The change will outlast Abe.

Japan Gears up for Elections
June 09, 2016

Japan Gears up for Elections

By Yuki Tatsumi
Japan will head to the polls in July, but the result seems obvious already.

Japan's 'New' Opposition Party Is Not Actually New
March 30, 2016

Japan's 'New' Opposition Party Is Not Actually New

By Yuki Tatsumi
The new Democratic Party looks a lot like its primary predecessor, the Democratic Party of Japan.

Japan Moves (Slowly) Toward Electoral Reform
February 26, 2016

Japan Moves (Slowly) Toward Electoral Reform

By Mina Pollmann
Prime Minister Abe has pushed forward the timetable for reform, but critics say his plan doesn't go far enough.
Can Japan's Opposition Unite to Dethrone the LDP?
February 26, 2016

Can Japan's Opposition Unite to Dethrone the LDP?

By Mina Pollmann
By-elections in April will be a testing ground for major opposition parties' election strategy.

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