February 22, 2011
Kan Needs to Attack LDP
Japan’s embattled prime minister should remind voters why they booted out the last lot.
February 18, 2011
Tricky Kuril Ties
Russia and Japan must resolve the Kuril Islands/Northern Territories issue if they want to build closer strategic ties.
February 14, 2011
Kan Should Ignore Polls
Naoto Kan should ignore a new opinion poll that shows support for his Cabinet at under 20 percent.
February 11, 2011
Few Clues Over Tokyo Poll
Despite there being only two months until Tokyo’s gubernatorial poll, there’s so far only one official candidate.
February 02, 2011
Hatoyama Blasts Kan Policy
Japan’s ex-prime minister says Japan should focus on improving Asian ties, and criticizes the latest Cabinet reshuffle.
February 01, 2011
The Child Abduction Debate
Japan’s custody laws make it tough for foreign fathers to see their bi-racial children. Is this set to change?
January 19, 2011
Kan Should Learn From Koizumi
Naoto Kan faces a big fight over joining the TPP free trade pact. Is it time to learn from the past—and get decisive?
January 14, 2011
Kan’s Last Cabinet Reshuffle?
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has just reshuffled his cabinet. Will it be the last chance he gets?
January 13, 2011
Japan’s 1st Lady: ‘Kan Won’t Quit’
Nobuko Kan says her husband wants to change Japan for the better—and she’ll be supporting him with tough love.
January 12, 2011
Japan’s Leadership Lifeline?
Should the DPJ introduce four-year terms for its party presidents in an effort to reduce the short-termism mentality?
January 08, 2011
Kan Shouldn’t Ditch Sengoku
By keeping his right-hand man in the Cabinet, Kan can send a strong message that he won’t be blackmailed.
January 07, 2011
Should Japan Just Relax?
Commentators are always quick to warn of Japan’s impending demise. But are things really as bad they’re made out?