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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.

Shinzo Abe’s Paltry Legacy
August 31, 2020

Shinzo Abe’s Paltry Legacy

By Jeff Kingston
Despite enormous stature and power, Abe leaves office having accomplished relatively little.

Abe Sets Japan’s Record for Longest PM Term Even as Health Concerns Loom
August 24, 2020

Abe Sets Japan’s Record for Longest PM Term Even as Health Concerns Loom

By Associated Press
Even as Abe set a new mark for most consecutive days as Japan’s prime minister, a series of hospital visits have raised questions.

Japanese Politics Rocked by Arrests Over Voter Bribery Scandal
June 22, 2020

Japanese Politics Rocked by Arrests Over Voter Bribery Scandal

By Thisanka Siripala
A mammoth voter buying scandal involving a former ruling LDP cabinet minister poses a challenge for the Abe administration.
Coronavirus or No, Japan’s Politics Remain Stuck
May 27, 2020

Coronavirus or No, Japan’s Politics Remain Stuck

By Yusaku Yoshikawa
Despite strong disapproval of Prime Minister Abe’s COVID-19 response, the public sees little alternative to his continued governance.

Abe’s Popularity Plummets Amid Latest Controversy
May 25, 2020

Abe’s Popularity Plummets Amid Latest Controversy

By Thisanka Siripala
Abe’s approval ratings fell to a two-year low as online protests derailed the passage of a bill delaying the retirement age of prosecutors.

Abe Can’t Afford to Mishandle Japan’s COVID-19 Response
March 11, 2020

Abe Can’t Afford to Mishandle Japan’s COVID-19 Response

By Titli Basu
The prime minister’s political legacy is at stake amid the coronavirus epidemic.

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.

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