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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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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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January 12, 2016

The Impact of LDP Politics on Japan-China Relations

In a unique research project, Masaya Inoue analyzed the deepening chill between Tokyo and Beijing since the 1990s from the ...

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January 07, 2016

Building the Japan-US Alliance, 1951–72: A Diplomatic Reassessment

A narrow focus on the left-right divide that defined the “1955 setup” of postwar Japanese politics has created an oversimplified ...

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December 11, 2014

Snap Election 2014: Gaming the Parliamentary System

Prime Minister Abe’s decision to hold a general election on December 14, at a time when the government has little ...

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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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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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July 11, 2013

Election 2013: Promise and Perils of an LDP Landslide

Experts are predicting a big win for the ruling LDP when Japanese voters head to the polls July 21 for ...

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May 16, 2013

Moment of Truth for Japanese Diplomacy

Tokyo’s decision to join the TPP talks has triggered a flurry of activity in international trade negotiations—evidence that Japan still ...

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