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Is Japan’s New LDP Leader a Victory for the Party Establishment or a Risk?
October 01, 2021

Is Japan’s New LDP Leader a Victory for the Party Establishment or a Risk?

By Thisanka Siripala
Kishida Fumio won the ruling party’s leadership election to become Japan’s next prime minister despite widespread public support for runner up Kono Taro.

Japan’s Kono Says He Supports Building Nuclear Submarines
September 28, 2021

Japan’s Kono Says He Supports Building Nuclear Submarines

By Steven Stashwick
The leading candidate to succeed Prime Minister Suga announced his support for building nuclear-powered subs, but acknowledged the challenges.
Ghosts of the Past in the LDP Presidential Election
September 25, 2021

Ghosts of the Past in the LDP Presidential Election

By Taro Tsuda
The backgrounds and formative influences of the candidates are a particularly rich trove of information, given the powerful role of factional lineages and dynastic politics in Japan.

What Will Japan’s New Prime Minister Mean for the Economy?
September 23, 2021

What Will Japan’s New Prime Minister Mean for the Economy?

By Anthony Fensom
The markets are backing the maverick Kono to prevail as the LDP presidential race heats up.

What If Kono Taro Becomes Japan’s Next Prime Minister?
September 10, 2021

What If Kono Taro Becomes Japan’s Next Prime Minister?

By Daisuke Akimoto
The spirit of the Kono Statement will be welcomed by Beijing and Seoul - if Kono Taro truly intends to follow in his father's footsteps.

Suga Bows Out of Party Vote, Paves Way for New Japan Leader
September 04, 2021

Suga Bows Out of Party Vote, Paves Way for New Japan Leader

By Mari Yamaguchi
The Liberal Democrats and their coalition partner have a majority in parliament. Whoever wins the September 29 party vote is likely to become the new prime minister. 

What Can Asia Expect From Suga’s Japan?
September 16, 2020

What Can Asia Expect From Suga’s Japan?

By Ankit Panda
Abe's successor will represent continuity, but faces a challenging set of internal issues.
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