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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A Taxing Time for Japan
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?

Looking Back, Looking Forward
April 08, 2011

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Some commentators in Japan want a return to traditional values. But the current challenges require innovative thinking.

The Struggle for a New Japan
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.

Japan’s Political Tremors
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.

A New 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.

Maehara Reportedly Quits
March 06, 2011

Maehara Reportedly Quits

Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara reportedly quits Sunday over a 200,000 yen donation.

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