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Ishihara’s Stealth Attack on the Japanese Constitution
November 08, 2014
Ishihara’s Stealth Attack on the Japanese Constitution
The right-wing politician cites a supposed grammatical error as justification for a new constitution.
Ishihara’s Stealth Attack on the Japanese Constitution
Japanese Nationalists Target Foreign Welfare Recipients
October 17, 2014
Japanese Nationalists Target Foreign Welfare Recipients
The former governor of Tokyo wants to give long-term residents an ultimatum.
Japanese Nationalists Target Foreign Welfare Recipients
No End in Sight for Marginalization of Japan’s Opposition
June 23, 2014
No End in Sight for Marginalization of Japan’s Opposition
As opposition parties continue to split, the LDP seems unlikely to face a unified threat.
No End in Sight for Marginalization of Japan’s Opposition
Reshuffling Japan’s Opposition
May 29, 2014
Reshuffling Japan’s Opposition
More parties are splitting and merging, but none seem able to challenge the LDP.
Reshuffling Japan’s Opposition
Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands: A Tense Anniversary
September 11, 2013
Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands: A Tense Anniversary
In the year since Tokyo purchased the islands, China and Japan have avoided escalation. Can that continue?
Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands: A Tense Anniversary
Tokyo Governor Apologizes for Comments on Istanbul’s Olympics Bid
May 01, 2013
Tokyo Governor Apologizes for Comments on Istanbul’s Olympics Bid
Naoki Inose has apologized for recent remarks about Islamic nations.
Tokyo Governor Apologizes for Comments on Istanbul’s Olympics Bid
Tokyo Pushes Ahead for 2020 Olympics
November 07, 2012
Tokyo Pushes Ahead for 2020 Olympics
Despite the resignation of the city’s mayor, signs look good for Tokyo to host the 2020 games.
Tokyo Pushes Ahead for 2020 Olympics
Ishihara: Japan Needs Nukes
March 08, 2011
Ishihara: Japan Needs Nukes
Outspoken Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara calls for Japan to build nuclear weapons to counter a rising China.
Ishihara: Japan Needs Nukes
Are A-Bomb Jokes OK?
March 04, 2011
Are A-Bomb Jokes OK?
Quiz show QI caused controversy after jokes about a survivor of the Nagasaki and Hiroshima attacks. Did it go too far?
Are A-Bomb Jokes OK?
Ishihara No Numskull
February 24, 2011
Ishihara No Numskull
Clever media manipulation keeps Tokyo’s controversial governor in the spotlight ahead of the gubernatorial poll.
Ishihara No Numskull
Explaining Kim Jong-il’s Tantrums
February 15, 2011
Explaining Kim Jong-il’s Tantrums
Frozen out of talks and wanting attention, the Kim regime made a calculated decision to up the ante in 2010, Weston Konishi tells The Diplomat.
Explaining Kim Jong-il’s Tantrums
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.
Few Clues Over Tokyo Poll
Sumo in a Fix
February 06, 2011
Sumo in a Fix
New evidence of match-fixing and the cancellation of the spring tournament further tarnish the sport’s battered image.
Sumo in a Fix
April 20, 2010
Natural Born Voters?
Tokyo’s outspoken governor questions backing for extending voting rights.
Natural Born Voters?
April 08, 2010
Stand Up, Japan!
Can a new party of 70-somethings really be the voice of Japan’s future?
Stand Up, Japan!
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