Japan politics

August 06, 2019

Japan’s Upper House Election Results: A Win for Diversity?

By Thisanka Siripala
Despite a record number of female and handicapped candidates winning seats, hurdles remain.

July 31, 2019

Is Populism Finally Coming to Japan?

By Daisuke Minami
The success of the leftist Reiwa Shinsengumi marks a turning point in Japanese politics.
July 18, 2019

Japan Prepares for Upper House Elections

By Mina Pollmann
In addition to issues like constitutional reform, social questions like disabled and LGBT rights are also in the spotlight.

June 27, 2019

Report: Japan’s Public Pension Fund Not Enough to Cover Post-Retirement Needs

By Thisanka Siripala
The government rejected the report's findings, but the public is up in arms over the pension scare.

April 18, 2019

Japan’s New Imperial Era: What’s in a Name?

By Thisanka Siripala
After the highly anticipated new imperial era was unveiled, its carefully considered name – Reiwa – has attracted criticism.

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. 
December 13, 2018

How Shinzo Abe Is Changing Japan’s Foreign Policy Apparatus

By Dmitry Filippov
The Abe administration is seizing the foreign policy initiative from Japan’s bureaucracy.

August 11, 2018

Tokyo Medical University Admits To Capping Female Admissions

By Thisanka Siripala
An internal probe reveals rampant score rigging on medical entrance exams to restrain the number of female doctors.

August 04, 2018

Japan’s Upper House Electoral Reform Sparks Democracy Debate

By Thisanka Siripala
The latest electoral reforms are criticized for serving vested party interests.

July 30, 2018

Liberal Gender Equality Bill Passed in Conservative Japan

By Kirara Tsutsui
Voters must now step up to address Japan's political gender gap.

April 16, 2018

The Trump-Abe Summit: More Than Meets the Eye

By James L. Schoff and Feng Lin
Looking beyond short-term crises to the long-term implications for the U.S.-Japan alliance.
July 07, 2017

Abe's LDP Loses Big in Tokyo Metropolitan Elections: Why That Matters

By Mina Pollmann
Governor Yuriko Koike's new Tokyo Citizens First party takes a big majority in Japan's capital.

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