Global Governance Futures is a program under which 25 young professionals from five countries are asked to develop concrete policy recommendations for the effective and accountable governance of three issues that are likely to be of crucial importance in 10 years’ time. The Tokyo Foundation, in partnership with the Global Public Policy Institute of Germany, hosted the Tokyo round of the program in 2014–15. Masahiko Haraguchi, a PhD student at Columbia University, was one of five fellows from Japan and wrote the following report.
In a unique research project, Masaya Inoue analyzed the deepening chill between Tokyo and Beijing since the 1990s from the standpoint of factional politics in Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Inoue offered a summary of his findings at a recent public seminar held by the Tokyo Foundation.
A narrow focus on the left-right divide that defined the “1955 setup” of postwar Japanese politics has created an oversimplified view of the Japan-US security relationship during the Cold War era, according to historian Takuma Nakashima. Drawing on recently declassified documents, the author reexamines three key episodes in the development of that relationship.
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