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Kan Needs to Attack LDP
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.

Kan Should Ignore Polls
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.

Hatoyama Blasts Kan Policy
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.

The Child Abduction Debate
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?

Kan’s Last Cabinet Reshuffle?
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.

Japan’s Leadership Lifeline?
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?

Kan Shouldn’t Ditch Sengoku
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.

Should Japan Just Relax?
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?

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