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April 08, 2014

The Komeito’s Curious Journey

Established 50 years ago as the political arm of Japan’s largest popular religious movement, the Komeito owes its longevity to ...

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August 21, 2013

Japan’s Endangered Opposition
Ruling Coalition Scores Upper House Election Landslide

In the wake of July’s electoral blowout, the party that monopolized Japanese government from 1955 to 2009 is firmly back ...

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November 30, 2012

Crisis in Japan's Party Politics

In mid-November, embattled Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda abruptly announced his intentions to dissolve the House of Representatives and call a ...

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October 18, 2012

Political Tailspin

Partisan politics is holding the nation hostage, holding up passage of an important bill without which the government could soon ...

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August 09, 2012

Whither Japanese Politics in the Post-Ozawa Era?

Strongman Ichiro Ozawa's recent exodus from the ruling party over the consumption tax hike bill has provided the kind of ...

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January 19, 2012

Breaking the Political Deadlock with Bold Reforms

The National Diet has become chronically dysfunctional as Japanese voters lurch back and forth between parties in a desperate search ...

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July 15, 2011

Beyond Reconstruction: Political Priorities in the Wake of 3/11 (2)

In the second of a two-part series, three Tokyo Foundation senior fellows discuss the political challenges raised by the March ...

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July 15, 2011

Beyond Reconstruction: Political Priorities in the Wake of 3/11 (1)

In the first of a two-part series, three Tokyo Foundation senior fellows discuss the political challenges raised by the March ...

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April 26, 2011

Post-Earthquake Politics: A New Paradigm?

As Japan struggles to recover from one of the worst natural disasters in history, it needs nothing so much as ...

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November 26, 2010

The DPJ’s True Mandate

A year and several setbacks after the election that swept the Democratic Party of Japan to power in 2009, DPJ ...

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