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Japan’s Ruling Coalition Expands Majority in Elections After Abe’s Assassination
July 13, 2022

Japan’s Ruling Coalition Expands Majority in Elections After Abe’s Assassination

By Thisanka Siripala
The upper house election took on heightened significance in the wake of former Prime Minister Abe’s assassination.

Japan’s General Election Gives a Rare Chance of Political Change
October 28, 2021

Japan’s General Election Gives a Rare Chance of Political Change

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s opposition parties have teamed up, but will it be enough to bring about a change in government?
Japan’s Kishida: A Dove in Hawk’s Clothing?
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.

Japan, Taiwan Lawmakers Discuss China Threat
August 28, 2021

Japan, Taiwan Lawmakers Discuss China Threat

By Shannon Tiezzi
The interaction between legislators was intended as the equivalent of more formal “2+2” talks.

Revisiting the Obama-Hatoyama Relationship
January 12, 2021

Revisiting the Obama-Hatoyama Relationship

By Gregory Kulacki
A controversy stoked by Obama's recent memoir gives causes to look back at a troubled relationship - and what could have been.

Assessing Abe Shinzo’s Geopolitical Legacy
September 09, 2020

Assessing Abe Shinzo’s Geopolitical Legacy

By Ankit Panda
A biographer of Japan’s outgoing prime minister discusses Abe’s lasting legacy on foreign affairs and trade.

Japanese Politics Rocked by Arrests Over Voter Bribery Scandal
June 22, 2020

Japanese Politics Rocked by Arrests Over Voter Bribery Scandal

By Thisanka Siripala
A mammoth voter buying scandal involving a former ruling LDP cabinet minister poses a challenge for the Abe administration.
Japan Should Have a Serious Debate on Revising Its Constitution—But Not Now
May 07, 2020

Japan Should Have a Serious Debate on Revising Its Constitution—But Not Now

By Rintaro Nishimura
Shinzo Abe is right about the need for a debate, but the time is not right.

What Japan's Elections Tell Us About a Post-Abe LDP
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.

Japan Prepares for Upper House Elections
July 18, 2019

Japan Prepares for Upper House Elections

By Mina Pollmann
In addition to issues like constitutional reform, social questions like disabled and LGBT rights are also in the spotlight.

Abe's Art of the Deal: What the Japanese Prime Minister Won in New York
October 02, 2018

Abe's Art of the Deal: What the Japanese Prime Minister Won in New York

By Tobias Harris
Japan is at the heart of virtually every effort to write new rules governing the global trading system in the 21st century.
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.

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