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Japan Mulls Mass Pardon of Petty Crimes to Mark New Emperor’s Enthronement
October 11, 2019

Japan Mulls Mass Pardon of Petty Crimes to Mark New Emperor’s Enthronement

By Thisanka Siripala
The tradition of pardoning crimes in light of major imperial events brings into question the need for amnesty in the criminal justice system.

Will Japan’s Latest Consumption Tax Hike Cause an Economic Slowdown? 
October 04, 2019

Will Japan’s Latest Consumption Tax Hike Cause an Economic Slowdown? 

By Thisanka Siripala
Despite global economic turmoil, the new tax rebate fails to sweeten the governments unpopular tax increase. 
Nuclear Power in the New Abe Cabinet
September 20, 2019

Nuclear Power in the New Abe Cabinet

By Tom Corben
The latest reshuffle was notable for several reasons, but not least for bringing nuclear power back into the spotlight.

Japan’s Latest Cabinet Reshuffle Plagued by Bribery Scandal
September 18, 2019

Japan’s Latest Cabinet Reshuffle Plagued by Bribery Scandal

By Thisanka Siripala
The ruling party’s cabinet reshuffle has been overshadowed by a cash for influence scandal.

Why Japan Can’t Fail ‘Womenomics’ in Cybersecurity
August 23, 2019

Why Japan Can’t Fail ‘Womenomics’ in Cybersecurity

By Mayuko Yatsu
The talent gap in cybersecurity is exacerbated by low numbers of women in the field.

Legacy Comes First in Abe’s Foreign Policy
May 10, 2019

Legacy Comes First in Abe’s Foreign Policy

By James D. J. Brown
Abe’s hasty pursuit of a legacy makes Japanese foreign policy look unprincipled and weak.

The Toxic Influence of Japan’s Rural Political Interest Groups
January 05, 2019

The Toxic Influence of Japan’s Rural Political Interest Groups

By Xiaochen Su
It’s time to reduce the political influence of Japan’s dwindling rural, primary sector interests.
Large and in Charge: Who is Taro Aso?
July 28, 2018

Large and in Charge: Who is Taro Aso?

By Emese Schwarcz
Controversy has surrounded Japanese Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso ever since he entered politics.

Another Week, Another Cronyism Scandal for Japan's Abe
May 18, 2018

Another Week, Another Cronyism Scandal for Japan's Abe

By Thisanka Siripala
The controversy over a new veterinary school belonging to Abe’s old friend deepens as fresh evidence emerges.

Poll: Shinzo Abe's Approval Falls to New Low Amid Scandal Fallout
April 16, 2018

Poll: Shinzo Abe's Approval Falls to New Low Amid Scandal Fallout

By Ankit Panda
The Japanese prime minister's public support continues to dwindle.

Is This the End for Shinzo Abe?
April 13, 2018

Is This the End for Shinzo Abe?

By Thisanka Siripala
Widespread political mistrust deepens after new evidence of malpractice in the Moritomo Gakuen land sale scandal.
Why Trump Could Be the Final Nail in Abe’s Coffin
March 28, 2018

Why Trump Could Be the Final Nail in Abe’s Coffin

By Brad Glosserman
Despite the attention to domestic scandals, the fatal blow to the Japanese premier’s prospects may come from Tokyo’s closest foreign ally.

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