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Junichiro Koizumi

The Heisei Paradox: Emperor Akihito and Japan’s Nationalist Regression
May 17, 2019

The Heisei Paradox: Emperor Akihito and Japan’s Nationalist Regression

By Edward Danks
The paradox of a pacifist emperor amid rising nationalism politically is likely to continue in the Reiwa era.

70 Years After the Second World War: Memory, Justice, and Regional Order in Asia
August 07, 2015

70 Years After the Second World War: Memory, Justice, and Regional Order in Asia

By Ankit Panda
The Diplomat's editors discuss historical issues in Asia for a special podcast ahead of the Abe statement.
Japan: Balancing Defense With History
June 23, 2014

Japan: Balancing Defense With History

By Daniel Clausen
The country needs a leader who is a conservative on defense and a progressive on history.

May 31, 2011

Japan's Crisis and the SDF

Japan’s Self-Defense Force had good reviews for its post-crisis performance. Is the public ready for more?

Japan’s TPP Short-Termism
May 25, 2011

Japan’s TPP Short-Termism

Japan’s government has again deferred a decision on a key trade pact. The delays are hurting the country.

The Problem with Amakudari
May 23, 2011

The Problem with Amakudari

The problems with TEPCO are another reminder of the shortcomings of the principle of amakudari.

China's Rise = Remilitarizing Japan?
January 21, 2011

China's Rise = Remilitarizing Japan?

Last year was a bad one for China’s soft power. Will Japan’s response prompt a dangerous spiral of arms spending—and spark conflict?

January 19, 2011

Kan Should Learn From Koizumi

Naoto Kan faces a big fight over joining the TPP free trade pact. Is it time to learn from the past—and get decisive?

October 21, 2010

Abe, Sadly, Plays the Nazi Card

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe weighs into the debate over ties with China.

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