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Japan's Tangled Ties With Russia
April 01, 2015
Japan's Tangled Ties With Russia
Japan's relationship with Russia will remain stalled as long as the Ukraine crisis continues.
Japan's Tangled Ties With Russia
Can Japan Break the Iran Impasse?
April 09, 2012
Can Japan Break the Iran Impasse?
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama is determined to break the impasse over Iran. But does Japan’s government welcome his initiative?
Can Japan Break the Iran Impasse?
Knives Out (Again) in Japan
June 11, 2011
Knives Out (Again) in Japan
Naoto Kan’s days as premier look numbered, says veteran Japan watcher Karel van Wolferen. But who comes next is much less clear.
Knives Out (Again) in Japan
Japan's Depressing Squabbling
June 09, 2011
Japan's Depressing Squabbling
As Japan’s politicians squabble, the public is getting frustrated. Sadly, the DPJ can’t even put its own house in order.
Japan's Depressing Squabbling
Japan's New Deal Opportunity
April 11, 2011
Japan's New Deal Opportunity
As it recovers from disaster, Japan has a huge chance to tackle issues vital to its future security. But it will need leadership from the next generation.
Japan's New Deal Opportunity
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.
Japan’s Political Tremors
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
Another Okinawa Battle
February 09, 2011
Another Okinawa Battle
Renewed construction in Okinawa has reignited debate over the US military. But is the time for talk over?
Another Okinawa Battle
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.
Hatoyama Blasts Kan Policy
January 25, 2011
Power Before the People?
Japan’s problems didn’t begin with the DPJ. If elections are to mean anything, a party needs a fair crack at the whip.
Power Before the People?
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?
Japan’s Leadership Lifeline?
If Japan had Channelled FDR...
December 30, 2010
If Japan had Channelled FDR...
The DPJ missed a chance to transform how Japan is governed, says Tobias Harris in the third in our series of end of year interviews.
If Japan had Channelled FDR...
Ozawa Relents, Will Testify
December 28, 2010
Ozawa Relents, Will Testify
Ruling party kingmaker Ichiro Ozawa is seemingly pressured into appearing before the Diet. But what’s in it for him?
Ozawa Relents, Will Testify
December 20, 2010
Ichiro Ozawa Won't Change Tune
DPJ bruiser Ichiro Ozawa still won’t testify despite Kan’s overtures. Is he preparing to leave the party?
Ichiro Ozawa Won't Change Tune
Kan Must Grasp Ozawa Nettle
December 09, 2010
Kan Must Grasp Ozawa Nettle
If Naoto Kan wants to show he’s in control of the DPJ, he first needs to show he’s in control of Ozawa.
Kan Must Grasp Ozawa Nettle
What the Okinawa Poll Means
November 30, 2010
What the Okinawa Poll Means
Did economics trump the Futenma base relocation issue in Sunday’s gubernatorial election?
What the Okinawa Poll Means
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