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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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March 09, 2017

The Emperor Initiates an Important Conversation

Emperor Akihito’s rare televised address to the nation last August made news primarily as a statement of the aging monarch’s ...

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July 08, 2016

Coalition Victory Unlikely to Lead to Constitutional Amendment

The LDP-Komeito coalition is expected to win big in the July 10 upper house election, but even if it secures ...

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October 05, 2015

Abe’s 70th Anniversary Statement: Historical Realism, not Revisionism

Prime Minister Abe's statement on the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II turned out to be less ...

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August 06, 2015

The Objectives of Japan’s New Security Legislation

The security-related legislation submitted by the government of Prime Minister Abe has become very controversial, both in Japan and elsewhere. ...

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May 07, 2015

The Abe Government’s Security Bills
Time for a Responsible Debate

With voices in Japan and neighboring countries expressing concern over the Abe cabinet’s plans to legislate a more flexible defense ...

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October 29, 2014

“Japan is Back,” Including a New Defence Posture

Prime Minister Abe has been forcefully advancing a foreign policy and security agenda, visiting a record 49 countries, creating a ...

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September 03, 2014

Redefining Self-Defense
The Abe Cabinet’s Interpretation of Article 9

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to expand the scope of self-defense activities permitted by the Japanese Constitution have met with ...

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October 22, 2013

From Promise to Reality
Kisumu Leadership and Development Conference

Last August civic leaders and public officials from Kisumu County, one of the semi-autonomous entities established under Kenya’s new democratic ...

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August 05, 2013

Economy Was ‘Key Factor’ in Japan Poll

After six years of political deadlock, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition has won a majority in the upper house. ...

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