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New Year, Same Fight: Japan’s PM Pledges Constitutional Revision and Social Security Reforms
January 07, 2020

New Year, Same Fight: Japan’s PM Pledges Constitutional Revision and Social Security Reforms

By Thisanka Siripala
In response to Japan’s super aging society, Prime Minister Abe vows to tackle Japan's biggest challenge: major social security reform.

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.
Japan, South Korea, and the Politics of the Present
November 01, 2019

Japan, South Korea, and the Politics of the Present

By Jennifer Lind
Relations between Japan and South Korea have long fluctuated between comity and crisis.

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

Is Populism Finally Coming to Japan?
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.

Japan Prepares for Upper House Elections
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.

Report: Japan’s Public Pension Fund Not Enough to Cover Post-Retirement Needs
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.
Japan’s New Imperial Era: What’s in a Name?
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.

Could Japan’s Shinzo Abe Retain Power for a Fourth Term?
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. 

How Shinzo Abe Is Changing Japan’s Foreign Policy Apparatus
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.

Tokyo Medical University Admits To Capping Female Admissions
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.
Japan’s Upper House Electoral Reform Sparks Democracy Debate
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.

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