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October 11, 2018

Japan Since the Meiji Restoration (7)
Drawing a 150-Year Story Line

Is the history of Japan since the Meiji Restoration one story or two? Political scientist Tetsuya Murai offers a quasi-continuous ...

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September 25, 2018

Japan Since the Meiji Restoration (5)
Panel Discussion

The articles in this series were compiled from contributions by members of the Political and Diplomatic Review project to the ...

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September 12, 2018

Japan Since the Meiji Restoration (6)
Reconjuring the Vision of the Meiji Centennial

In an essay inspired by the recent forum on “Japan Since the Meiji Restoration,” political scientist Ryota Murai reflects on ...

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August 14, 2018

Japan since the Meiji Restoration (2)
Mass Media and Democracy in Prewar and Postwar Japan

The articles in this series were compiled from contributions by members of the Political and Diplomatic Review project to the ...

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June 20, 2018

Balancing Political Leadership and Bureaucratic Autonomy
Scandals Highlight the Need for a Correction

After decades of reform aimed at strengthening the power of the prime minister and bringing the bureaucracy to heel, a ...

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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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November 16, 2016

What Trump’s Victory Means for Japan

Trump’s surprising election victory has alarmed many in the United States and other countries, but the practical tenor of his ...

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October 24, 2016

What Donald Trump Could Mean for the Republican Party’s Future

With Trump trailing in the polls, establishment Republicans may be distancing themselves from the controversial candidate as they set their ...

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October 05, 2016

Celebrity Politicians in an Exclusionary Democracy

Despite a lowering of the voting age, Japanese democracy is not very inclusive, charges Katsuyuki Yakushiji, citing the daunting obstacles ...

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September 06, 2016

Is China on the Cusp of a Middle-Class Revolt?

While Chinese leaders point to the Brexit vote and the rise of Trumpism as evidence of democracy’s shortcomings, Tomoko Ako ...

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