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Liberal Gender Equality Bill Passed in Conservative Japan
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.

Abe Makes a Surprise Appearance, Hails 45 Years of Japan-China Relations
September 29, 2017

Abe Makes a Surprise Appearance, Hails 45 Years of Japan-China Relations

By Charlotte Gao
Abe was the first Japanese PM in 15 years to attend the Chinese embassy in Tokyo's National Day celebration.
Abe Dissolves the Diet, Snap Elections Set for October
September 28, 2017

Abe Dissolves the Diet, Snap Elections Set for October

By Zachary Torrey
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is capitalizing on his recently higher approval ratings to renew his party's mandate.

Japan Moves (Slowly) Toward Electoral Reform
February 26, 2016

Japan Moves (Slowly) Toward Electoral Reform

By Mina Pollmann
Prime Minister Abe has pushed forward the timetable for reform, but critics say his plan doesn't go far enough.

How Does Japan's LDP Plan to Pass Security Reform?
July 10, 2015

How Does Japan's LDP Plan to Pass Security Reform?

By Mina Pollmann
With the 60-day rule, the Diet juggles technicalities and the LDP presses forward its bill reinterpreting Article 9.

Have Aliens Tried to Invade Japan?
April 03, 2015

Have Aliens Tried to Invade Japan?

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan's Defense Minister faced unusual questions from a lawmaker this week.

Japan’s State Secret Law Unmolested
October 16, 2014

Japan’s State Secret Law Unmolested

By Clint Richards
Civil society and a fractured opposition are unable to influence the government’s new power.
Shinzo Abe’s Big Plans for the Coming Diet Session
September 16, 2014

Shinzo Abe’s Big Plans for the Coming Diet Session

By Clint Richards
The Japanese prime minister has his eye on tax reform and Japan’s looming population crisis.

The Day After Abe’s Panel Report on Collective Self-Defense
May 16, 2014

The Day After Abe’s Panel Report on Collective Self-Defense

By Clint Richards
The LDP has made its case for collective self-defense. Will coalition partner New Komeito influence the process?

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