May 26, 2011
Why Aren’t Japanese Protesting?
Despite the unpopularity of Naoto Kan and his government, the Japanese public has remained relatively quiet.
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.
May 23, 2011
The Problem with Amakudari
The problems with TEPCO are another reminder of the shortcomings of the principle of amakudari.
May 19, 2011
Bullying in Japan
The Japanese public’s response to evacuees from the tsunami and nuclear crisis has been positive. Mostly.
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.
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.
April 21, 2011
A Taxing Time for Japan
The government is considering a 3% hike in the consumption tax to pay for reconstruction. But will it backfire?
April 08, 2011
Looking Back, Looking Forward
Some commentators in Japan want a return to traditional values. But the current challenges require innovative thinking.
April 02, 2011
The Struggle for a New Japan
Naoto Kan has shown during the ongoing crisis his determination for a more open style of government in Japan. It won’t be easy for him.
March 30, 2011
Japan’s Political Tremors
The earthquake and tsunami were preceded by major tremors in the country’s political system. Their continuation will help shape post-disaster Japan.
March 29, 2011
A New Japan?
Naoto Kan calls for a new Japan to emerge from the crisis, and we revamp our Japan blog in agreement.
March 06, 2011
Maehara Reportedly Quits
Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara reportedly quits Sunday over a 200,000 yen donation.