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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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March 14, 2016

Embracing Diversity
Asian Experts Offer Insights into Region’s Shared Values and Democracy

The world today is marked by growing divisiveness, but owing to its traditional tolerance of divergent viewpoints, Asia now has ...

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November 06, 2013

Why Myanmar Matters
Ensuring the Future of the Liberal International Order in East Asia

Myanmar has become a new frontier for cooperation among Japan, the United States, and Europe under President Thein Sein’s initiative ...

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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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September 26, 2013

China’s Struggle for Civil Society
A New Perspective on Social Development

Although the Chinese government continues to resist democratic reforms, many civic groups are pushing the boundaries of citizen involvement. Junko ...

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