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
Japan’s government has again deferred a decision on a key trade pact. The delays are hurting the country.
The Problem with Amakudari
The problems with TEPCO are another reminder of the shortcomings of the principle of amakudari.
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
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
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
The government is considering a 3% hike in the consumption tax to pay for reconstruction. But will it backfire?
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
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
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?
Naoto Kan calls for a new Japan to emerge from the crisis, and we revamp our Japan blog in agreement.
Maehara Reportedly Quits
Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara reportedly quits Sunday over a 200,000 yen donation.