Liberal Democratic Party


Kishida’s Biggest Problem Is Japan’s Faltering Bureaucracy

East Asia Forum

Kishida’s leadership is characterized by a respect for collaboration with the bureaucracy, making his policymaking incremental and colorless.


Japan: Ex-PM Shinzo Abe Assassin Suspect Formally Indicted

Deutsche Welle

Formal charges have been made against the suspected killer of ex-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The suspect was declared fit for trial after a six-month psychiatric evaluation.


Japan Warily Welcomes Back International Travelers

East Asia Forum

In his parliamentary speech in October, Kishida presented his plan to revive the Japanese economy, including a pledge to increase international tourist spending beyond the pre-pandemic high in 2019.


Japan’s Women Lawmakers Remain Seated

East Asia Forum

Japan’s celebration of record high number of women who won seats in the upper house may not stand up to close scrutiny.


Japan Conservatives Eye Constitutional Revision After Election Win

Voice of America

Political forces supporting a constitutional revision have won two-thirds of seats in the upper house of the parliament.


Okinawa’s Vocal Anti-US Military Base Movement

The Interpreter

Environmental damage and gendered violence are flashpoints on the tiny island dominated by US troops.


Civic Rights for Foreign Residents Sparks Backlash in Japan

East Asia Forum

Voting rights for foreigners wasn’t an issue in Japan’s general elections last year, yet conservative mass media latched onto a proposal by the city assembly of Musashino in suburban Tokyo, making it an issue of national security.


Meet Japan’s New PM

The Interpreter

Asia’s oldest democracy looks for a steady hand on the tiller in a time of regional flux.


Japan’s Suga Won’t Run In Leadership Race, Opening Door for New PM

Deutsche Welle

With his popularity in freefall, Yoshihide Suga has said he will not enter a race for party leadership key to determining Japan's next prime minister. Markets have responded positively to the prospect of a new leader.


This Weekend's Snap Election in Japan Explained

Justin Reeves

Reeling from scandals and local election defeat, 2017 had not been kind to Japanese Prime Minister and Liberal Democratic Party leader Shinzo Abe, but North Korean ballistic missile tests that flew over Japan rallied support for the incumbent leader and opened the door for a snap election on Oct. 22.

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