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‘Hopeless’: Japan’s Weak Opposition No Match for Ruling LDP
July 08, 2022

‘Hopeless’: Japan’s Weak Opposition No Match for Ruling LDP

By Mari Yamaguchi
Few expect the opposition to gain any ground in Japan’s upper house election on July 10.

Can Japan’s Main Opposition Party Win Public Approval?
December 08, 2021

Can Japan’s Main Opposition Party Win Public Approval?

By Thisanka Siripala
The new leader of the CDP is focusing on a policy-based approach to rebuild after a crushing election loss.
Japan’s Ruling LDP Wins Outright Majority in General Election
November 02, 2021

Japan’s Ruling LDP Wins Outright Majority in General Election

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s new prime minister secured a comfortable win in the lower house election, with the opposition suffering a significant defeat.

Japan’s General Election Gives a Rare Chance of Political Change
October 28, 2021

Japan’s General Election Gives a Rare Chance of Political Change

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s opposition parties have teamed up, but will it be enough to bring about a change in government?

Japan’s Ruling Party Sees By-election Setback in Preview of Sunday’s Vote
October 26, 2021

Japan’s Ruling Party Sees By-election Setback in Preview of Sunday’s Vote

By Mari Yamaguchi
The Liberal Democratic Party went 1-for-2 in the by-elections, raising the odds the LDP will lose ground in the general election on October 31.

Where Are Japan’s Policy Entrepreneurs?
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.

Japan’s Ruling Party Loses 3 Key Elections in Bow to Suga
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.
Revisiting the Obama-Hatoyama Relationship
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.

Coronavirus or No, Japan’s Politics Remain Stuck
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.

New Year, New Scandals for Japan’s Ruling Party
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.

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.

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