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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.
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.
2017/03/10 | Ernils Larsson
Is Japan's Far Right Losing Touch?
The kindergarten scandal shows Japan’s nationalist far-right is out of touch.
2017/03/09 | 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
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.
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.   
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.