February 01, 2023
Will Suga Yoshihide Make a Comeback?
By Jio F. Kamata
As Prime Minister Kishida fights flagging approval ratings, his predecessor is testing the political waters.
October 19, 2022
Without Abe, Japan’s Conservatives Are at a Crossroads
By Jio Kamata
Throughout his political career, former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo was at the center of Japanese conservative politics. With him gone, how will the conservative movement go forward?
October 08, 2022
Abe Shinzo’s Political Faction to Select a New Leader
By Mina Pollmann
The former prime minister still headed up the LDP's largest legislative faction at the time of his assassination. Can the next leader keep the group intact?
July 12, 2022
Assassination of Kingmaker Abe Will Consolidate Prime Minister Kishida’s Power
By Kosuke Takahashi
The political shockwaves from Abe's assassination are just starting to be felt with the upper house election.
April 13, 2022
Tobias Harris on Abe Shinzo’s Continuing Influence in Japan
By Shannon Tiezzi
Over a year since his resignation, Abe's “power is substantial,” as is his legacy.
November 08, 2021
The Challenges Ahead for Japan’s Kishida Government
By Rupakjyoti Borah
Kishida came to power at a fraught time for Japan, both at home and in its foreign relations.
October 07, 2021
Japan’s Kishida: A Dove in Hawk’s Clothing?
By John Nilsson-Wright
The new Japanese prime minister will find it a challenge to unite his divided party while also winning the confidence of an increasingly skeptical electorate.
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 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 07, 2021
The Arrival of Kishida Diplomacy?
By Daisuke Akimoto
If Kishida Fumio, Japan's longest-serving foreign minister, becomes prime minister, what will his foreign policy agenda look like?
September 11, 2020
The LDP’s Internal Race to Replace Abe Is Already Sparking Controversy
By Shamshad A. Khan
With the “scaled-down” presidential election, LDP’s intra-party politics comes to the fore.
July 26, 2019
What Japan's Elections Tell Us About a Post-Abe LDP
By Mina Pollmann
The results were an indication of ballot box strength, but Abe's pending Cabinet reshuffle will be equally telling.