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May 01, 2018

Should Civil Servants Offer Allegiance or Expertise?
Lessons from the Moritomo and Kake Scandals

By allowing the prime minister and his circle to “fast-track” officials at their own discretion, the new system opens the ...

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February 06, 2018

Japan’s Post-Populist Paralysis

There is an appearance of political stability in Japan, but this may be because Japan already went through its anti-elitist, ...

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August 10, 2017

The Kake Gakuen Scandal in Context
The Perils of Concentrating Political Power

The Kake Gakuen scandal has contributed to a dramatic decline in popular support for the cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo ...

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June 28, 2017

Abe’s Preemptive Apology

At the June 19 news conference following the close of the regular session of the National Diet, Prime Minister Shinzo ...

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June 02, 2017

Why Abe’s Constitutional Reform Is Destined to Fail

In the wake of Prime Minister Abe’s recently announced aim to place constitutional reform on the political agenda, Katsuyuki Yakushiji ...

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February 07, 2017

Historical Reconciliation Revisited
The Abe Statement and the Way Forward

In August 2016, one year after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s historic statement commemorating the seventieth anniversary of the end of ...

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December 22, 2016

The Significance of Abe’s Pearl Harbor Visit

The visit to Pearl Harbor by Prime Minister Abe is a powerful reaffirmation of the importance of the Japan-US security ...

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December 12, 2016

Why Extend the Term Limit for LDP President?

Top LDP officers recently approved a rule change that would allow Prime Minister Abe an unprecedented nine years at the ...

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February 04, 2016

The Importance of Japan-India Nuclear Cooperation

The memorandum on Japan-India civil nuclear cooperation that Prime Ministers Abe and Modi signed last December, while no more than ...

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November 30, 2015

Is Historical Reconciliation Possible?
A Seventieth Anniversary Assessment (2)

On July 6, 2015, with Prime Minister Abe’s much-anticipated 70th Anniversary Statement in the offing, the Tokyo Foundation held a ...

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