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Is This The Beginning of the End for Kishida?
November 24, 2022

Is This The Beginning of the End for Kishida?

By Jio Kamata
Kishida and the LDP may not face a national election until 2025, but the prime minister is already on shaky ground.

Japan PM Promises Law to Help Unification Church Victims
November 08, 2022

Japan PM Promises Law to Help Unification Church Victims

By Mari Yamaguchi
Kishida is attempting to calm public outrage over his handling of his party's extensive ties to the Unification Church.
Japan’s Ruling Government in Crisis Over Unification Church Scandals
November 07, 2022

Japan’s Ruling Government in Crisis Over Unification Church Scandals

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s governing party is struggling to quell public suspicion over party members’ ties with the controversial Unification Church.

Without Abe, Japan’s Conservatives Are at a Crossroads
October 19, 2022

Without Abe, Japan’s Conservatives Are at a Crossroads

By Jio Kamata
Throughout his political career, former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo was at the center of Japanese conservative politics. With him gone, how will the conservative movement go forward?

Abe Shinzo’s Political Faction to Select a New Leader
October 08, 2022

Abe Shinzo’s Political Faction to Select a New Leader

By Mina Pollmann
The former prime minister still headed up the LDP's largest legislative faction at the time of his assassination. Can the next leader keep the group intact?

Abe’s Militaristic Funeral Captures Japan’s Internal Divisions
September 27, 2022

Abe’s Militaristic Funeral Captures Japan’s Internal Divisions

By Foster Klug
20,000 police officers and more than 1,000 soldiers were on patrol as thousands of protesters took to the streets.

Japan and the Controversial Unification Church
September 15, 2022

Japan and the Controversial Unification Church

By Thisanka Siripala
In a post-Abe era, Japanese politics has been rocked by the Unification Church’s links to LDP lawmakers.
Half of LDP National Lawmakers Tied to Unification Church
September 09, 2022

Half of LDP National Lawmakers Tied to Unification Church

By Mari Yamaguchi
An internal survey by Japan’s ruling party confirmed widespread ties between the Liberal Democratic Party and the South Korea-based church.

Why Is Abe Shinzo’s State Funeral Stoking Controversy?
July 27, 2022

Why Is Abe Shinzo’s State Funeral Stoking Controversy?

By Jio Kamata
Even in death, the former prime minister remains a polarizing figure.

Before Abe: A Brief History of Political Assassinations in Japan
July 19, 2022

Before Abe: A Brief History of Political Assassinations in Japan

By Dmitry Filippov
The assassination of a political leader in Japan is rare today, but that wasn't always the case.

Japan’s Ruling Coalition Expands Majority in Elections After Abe’s Assassination
July 13, 2022

Japan’s Ruling Coalition Expands Majority in Elections After Abe’s Assassination

By Thisanka Siripala
The upper house election took on heightened significance in the wake of former Prime Minister Abe’s assassination.
Assassination of Kingmaker Abe Will Consolidate Prime Minister Kishida’s Power
July 12, 2022

Assassination of Kingmaker Abe Will Consolidate Prime Minister Kishida’s Power

By Kosuke Takahashi
The political shockwaves from Abe's assassination are just starting to be felt with the upper house election.

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