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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.

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.
Japan’s Prime Minister Hit With Nepotism Scandal
March 01, 2021

Japan’s Prime Minister Hit With Nepotism Scandal

By Thisanka Siripala
Suga’s honeymoon period is over following a lavish dining scandal involving elite LDP bureaucrats and Suga’s eldest son. 

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.

Ex-PM Abe’s Office Investigated Over Cherry Blossom Party Scandal
November 25, 2020

Ex-PM Abe’s Office Investigated Over Cherry Blossom Party Scandal

By Associated Press
A scandal from 2018 continues to dog the former Japanese prime minister.

The LDP’s Internal Race to Replace Abe Is Already Sparking Controversy
September 11, 2020

The LDP’s Internal Race to Replace Abe Is Already Sparking Controversy

By Shamshad A. Khan
With the “scaled-down” presidential election, LDP’s intra-party politics comes to the fore.
Japan’s Departing PM Abe Shinzo Spurs Political Chaos and Mixed Reactions on Political Legacy
September 04, 2020

Japan’s Departing PM Abe Shinzo Spurs Political Chaos and Mixed Reactions on Political Legacy

By Thisanka Siripala
The sudden mid-term resignation of Japan’s prime minister creates confusion amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

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