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2021/10/01 | The Interpreter

Meet Japan’s New PM

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

2021/09/03 | Deutsche Welle

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

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.

2017/10/20 | Justin Reeves

This Weekend's Snap Election in Japan Explained

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.

2017/04/25 | The Japan Times

Japan and the Ability to Strike Enemy Bases

If Japan has developed capabilities to attack enemy bases, the incentive for North Korea to hit Japan before Japan hits it would be even greater.

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