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Split, Merge, and Lose? The Future of Party Politics in Japan
March 25, 2016

Split, Merge, and Lose? The Future of Party Politics in Japan

By Michio Ueda
An opposition merger is a symptom of a deeper problem with Japanese party politics.
Japan: Shinzo Abe’s Upcoming Election Test
March 24, 2016

Japan: Shinzo Abe’s Upcoming Election Test

By Aurelia George Mulgan
Will Japan’s farmers revolt against the LDP in the July Upper House election?

Japan: Why the TPP Bill Will Pass the Diet
March 19, 2016

Japan: Why the TPP Bill Will Pass the Diet

By Markus Winter
Despite opposition efforts, here is why the bill will pass through parliament.

Can Japan's Opposition Unite to Dethrone the LDP?
February 26, 2016

Can Japan's Opposition Unite to Dethrone the LDP?

By Mina Pollmann
By-elections in April will be a testing ground for major opposition parties' election strategy.

How Can Japan Improve Its Relations With China and South Korea?
November 07, 2015

How Can Japan Improve Its Relations With China and South Korea?

By Yuki Tatsumi
The China-Japan-South Korea trilateral was a good thing for Japan, but much work lies ahead.
Japan: Splits, Mergers and Alliances
November 02, 2015

Japan: Splits, Mergers and Alliances

By Christopher Pearson
A Japanese party splits, and that could signal a new round of mergers and alliances.

Shinzo Abe Refrains From Joining Japanese Lawmakers at Yasukuni Shrine
October 21, 2015

Shinzo Abe Refrains From Joining Japanese Lawmakers at Yasukuni Shrine

By Ankit Panda
The Japanese prime minister seems to have learned his lesson about visiting Yasukuni.
Trans-Pacific Partnership: Prospects and Challenges
October 09, 2015

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Prospects and Challenges

By Ankit Panda
The Diplomat's Ankit Panda speaks with Devin Stewart about the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

With His Reelection As LDP President, Shinzo Abe Is Firmly in the Saddle
September 10, 2015

With His Reelection As LDP President, Shinzo Abe Is Firmly in the Saddle

By Rupakjyoti Borah
With his reelection as LDP president, Shinzo Abe appears to be immovable.

Japanese Election: Abe’s Mandate?
January 15, 2015

Japanese Election: Abe’s Mandate?

By Aurelia George Mulgan
Understanding Abe’s mandate requires understanding what a political mandate really is.

Japan Plans New Law to Speed Military Deployment
January 09, 2015

Japan Plans New Law to Speed Military Deployment

By Franz-Stefan Gady
A new permanent law on dispatching JSDF overseas would not require a constitutional amendment.
LDP Hegemony and the Future of Japanese Foreign Policy
December 28, 2014

LDP Hegemony and the Future of Japanese Foreign Policy

By Peter Harris
With Shinzo Abe returned to power, is Japan back to an era of foreign policy stability?

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