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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.

Is Japan’s New LDP Leader a Victory for the Party Establishment or a Risk?
October 01, 2021

Is Japan’s New LDP Leader a Victory for the Party Establishment or a Risk?

By Thisanka Siripala
Kishida Fumio won the ruling party’s leadership election to become Japan’s next prime minister despite widespread public support for runner up Kono Taro.

Japan Ex-Diplomat Kishida Wins Party Vote, to Become New PM
September 29, 2021

Japan Ex-Diplomat Kishida Wins Party Vote, to Become New PM

By Mari Yamaguchi
Japan's new leader faces an uphill battle in reviving a pandemic-hit economy and addressing growing regional security risks.

Ghosts of the Past in the LDP Presidential Election
September 25, 2021

Ghosts of the Past in the LDP Presidential Election

By Taro Tsuda
The backgrounds and formative influences of the candidates are a particularly rich trove of information, given the powerful role of factional lineages and dynastic politics in Japan.
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.

What If Kono Taro Becomes Japan’s Next Prime Minister?
September 10, 2021

What If Kono Taro Becomes Japan’s Next Prime Minister?

By Daisuke Akimoto
The spirit of the Kono Statement will be welcomed by Beijing and Seoul - if Kono Taro truly intends to follow in his father's footsteps.

Japan’s Prime Minister Hopefuls Outline Different Visions
September 09, 2021

Japan’s Prime Minister Hopefuls Outline Different Visions

By Mari Yamaguchi
The LDP presidential race – which will determine the country’s next leader – is shaping up.

The Arrival of Kishida Diplomacy?
September 07, 2021

The Arrival of Kishida Diplomacy?

By Daisuke Akimoto
If Kishida Fumio, Japan's longest-serving foreign minister, becomes prime minister, what will his foreign policy agenda look like?
The Political Implications of Japan’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
July 01, 2021

The Political Implications of Japan’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

By Naoko Aoki
The success of Japan’s vaccination campaign could determine whether Prime Minister Suga stays in office beyond this fall.

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