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?
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.
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?
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?
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.
November 30, 2010
What the Okinawa Poll Means
Did economics trump the Futenma base relocation issue in Sunday’s gubernatorial election?
July 20, 2010
Japan's Poorest PM
Gov’t data has revealed Japan’s current prime minister is the ‘poorest’ leader in decades.
July 07, 2010
Election? What Election?
Don’t expect a big turnout for Japan’s upper house election. The World Cup is more interesting.
June 28, 2010
Why Allies Need US Base
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has been left to decide what to do about a controversial US air base. The choice is clear.
June 04, 2010
Naoto Kan to be PM
Finance Minister Naoto Kan is now set to become Japan’s new prime minister.
June 03, 2010
The decision on Futenma showed national security trumps the views of many Japanese.
June 03, 2010
Kan for Japan?
Of all the likely replacements for Hatoyama, it looks like one Naoto Kan stands in the lead.