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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?

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.

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?

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?

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.

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?

Japan's Poorest PM
July 20, 2010

Japan's Poorest PM

Gov’t data has revealed Japan’s current prime minister is the ‘poorest’ leader in decades.

Election? What Election?
July 07, 2010

Election? What Election?

Don’t expect a big turnout for Japan’s upper house election. The World Cup is more interesting.

Why Allies Need US Base
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.

Naoto Kan to be PM
June 04, 2010

Naoto Kan to be PM

Finance Minister Naoto Kan is now set to become Japan’s new prime minister.

Shattered Hopes
June 03, 2010

Shattered Hopes

The decision on Futenma showed national security trumps the views of many Japanese.

Kan for Japan?
June 03, 2010

Kan for Japan?

Of all the likely replacements for Hatoyama, it looks like one Naoto Kan stands in the lead.

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