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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.