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Japan Will Reactivate Nuclear Plants
April 04, 2014
Japan Will Reactivate Nuclear Plants
The Abe administration is attempting to restart several of Japan's nuclear reactors.
Japan Will Reactivate Nuclear Plants
Japan Tries (Yet) Again
August 30, 2011
Japan Tries (Yet) Again
Yoshihiko Noda takes office at the most crucial time for Japan in half a century, says Michael Auslin. But with lacklustre public support, he has his work cut out.
Japan Tries (Yet) Again
Building a New DPJ
August 30, 2011
Building a New DPJ
Yoshihiko Noda faces plenty of challenges as Japan’s new prime minister. The most immediate is choosing his new government.
Building a New DPJ
Japan as Belgium
August 26, 2011
Japan as Belgium
Naoto Kan’s resignation is a reminder of how dysfunctional Japanese politics is. Will the public demand change?
Japan as Belgium
Japan’s Necessary Nuclear Future
July 12, 2011
Japan’s Necessary Nuclear Future
Any big shift from nuclear power will take years. It’s time for Japan’s politicians to show some leadership to ensure the country’s reactors get back online.
Japan’s Necessary Nuclear Future
June 28, 2011
Japan, Russia Trade Kurils Barbs
Russia voices frustration after US offers support for Japan’s claims in the Kuril Islands dispute.
Japan, Russia Trade Kurils Barbs
Knives Out (Again) in Japan
June 11, 2011
Knives Out (Again) in Japan
Naoto Kan’s days as premier look numbered, says veteran Japan watcher Karel van Wolferen. But who comes next is much less clear.
Knives Out (Again) in Japan
Japan's Depressing Squabbling
June 09, 2011
Japan's Depressing Squabbling
As Japan’s politicians squabble, the public is getting frustrated. Sadly, the DPJ can’t even put its own house in order.
Japan's Depressing Squabbling
Kan Holding On, for Now
June 06, 2011
Kan Holding On, for Now
Naoto Kan survives a no-confidence motion following a deal with a former premier. But his days are now numbered.
Kan Holding On, for Now
May 31, 2011
Japan's Crisis and the SDF
Japan’s Self-Defense Force had good reviews for its post-crisis performance. Is the public ready for more?
Japan's Crisis and the SDF
Why Aren’t Japanese Protesting?
May 26, 2011
Why Aren’t Japanese Protesting?
Despite the unpopularity of Naoto Kan and his government, the Japanese public has remained relatively quiet.
Why Aren’t Japanese Protesting?
Japan’s TPP Short-Termism
May 25, 2011
Japan’s TPP Short-Termism
Japan’s government has again deferred a decision on a key trade pact. The delays are hurting the country.
Japan’s TPP Short-Termism
The Problem with Amakudari
May 23, 2011
The Problem with Amakudari
The problems with TEPCO are another reminder of the shortcomings of the principle of amakudari.
The Problem with Amakudari
Bullying in Japan
May 19, 2011
Bullying in Japan
The Japanese public’s response to evacuees from the tsunami and nuclear crisis has been positive. Mostly.
Bullying in Japan
Fixing Japan’s Fiscal Mess
May 12, 2011
Fixing Japan’s Fiscal Mess
Massively indebted, Japan needs new funds to pay for recovery efforts and kick-start its economy. It’s time to be innovative.
Fixing Japan’s Fiscal Mess
When Disaster Isn’t a Zero-Sum Game
April 29, 2011
When Disaster Isn’t a Zero-Sum Game
It would be tempting for Japan to withdraw inward following last month’s earthquake and tsunami. So far, though, its leaders have resisted.
When Disaster Isn’t a Zero-Sum Game
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