September 22, 2021
Where Are Japan’s Policy Entrepreneurs?
By Jake Northey
For all the focus on Japan’s ruling LDP, some of Japan’s most influential policy innovators aren’t found within government at all.
April 27, 2021
Japan’s Ruling Party Loses 3 Key Elections in Bow to Suga
By Mari Yamaguchi
With full elections due by this fall, the opposition's sweep of Sunday's by-elections is a warning sign for Prime Minister Suga and the LDP.
January 12, 2021
Revisiting the Obama-Hatoyama Relationship
By Gregory Kulacki
A controversy stoked by Obama's recent memoir gives causes to look back at a troubled relationship - and what could have been.
May 27, 2020
Coronavirus or No, Japan’s Politics Remain Stuck
By Yusaku Yoshikawa
Despite strong disapproval of Prime Minister Abe’s COVID-19 response, the public sees little alternative to his continued governance.
December 31, 2019
New Year, New Scandals for Japan’s Ruling Party
By Mina Pollmann
Once again, Abe and his LDP are beset by multiple scandals. And once again, it doesn't seem to be impacting their political dominance.
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.
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.
July 20, 2016
Interview: Weak Japan Opposition Loses Ground
By Anthony Fensom
An interview with Donna Weeks on Japan's election result and its implications for the future of Japanese politics.
July 12, 2016
A Big Win for Japan's Ruling Coalition: Main Takeaways
By Yuki Tatsumi
What the results of Japan's Upper House elections tells us about the state of Japanese politics.