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2017/03/10 | Ernils Larsson

Is Japan's Far Right Losing Touch?

The kindergarten scandal shows Japan’s nationalist far-right is out of touch.

2017/03/15 | Alexis Dudden

Nippon Kaigi and Abe's Education Scandal

Due to its controversial education programs and unusually close connection to the Japanese Prime Minister, Moritomo Gakuen — a private education company in Osaka — is currently under scrutiny in the Japanese parliament and press.

2017/03/24 | The Japan Times

Japan's Plans to Penalize Uncommitted Crimes

The potential law amendment will widen government surveillance of its citizens and is being questioned for intruding people’s privacy.

2017/04/08 | Florentine Koppenborg

Will the Silent Comeback of Coal Threaten Japan’s Climate Goals?

Japan’s energy debate demonstrates that phasing out coal from the electricity mix and replacing it with renewable alternatives can be a political challenge.   

2017/04/27 | Toshiya Takahashi

Japan's Slow March Back to State Control

Japan’s constitutional revision debate masks silent state control, writes Toshiya Takahashi.

2017/08/15 | Aurelia George Mulgan

Abe No Longer Invincible: Dissecting Japan's Cabinet Reshuffle

Abe has lost his aura of invincibility and the real question is whether he will ever be able to regain it.

2016/08/08 | The Japan Times

OP-ED: Abe’s Unrivaled Position of Power

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's political power is unrivaled — does he have what it takes to make the most of it?

2016/07/13 | The Japan Times

Japan Election: Abe’s New Voter Mandate

Voters in Japan may not be entirely happy with Abenomics, but they did not see a credible alternative in the opposition parties.

2016/09/08 | The Japan Times

OP-ED: What Should Follow the Abe-Xi Talks

The two leaders need to keep their word and work to establish the maritime and aerial communication mechanism.

2017/01/25 | The Japan Times

The Worrisome U.S. Trade Policy

Abe told the Diet (Japan's bicameral legislature) on Tuesday that he believes the U.S. president 'recognizes the importance of free and fair trade.' That may turn out to be wishful thinking — as far as Trump’s remarks and behavior suggest.

2017/03/09 | The Japan Times

What Abe’s LDP Dominance Portends

A lack of any significant rivalry to Abe seems to reflect the dearth of viable next-generation leaders — a problem that could haunt the party in coming years