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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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February 01, 2016

Why Is China Muzzling Its Lawyers?

China’s nationwide crackdown on civil-rights lawyers may seem like a clear case of top-down repression, but in reality the dynamics ...

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April 30, 2015

Property Laws Hindering Disaster Recovery

Four full years after the “3/11” earthquake and tsunami, recovery efforts in the Tohoku region are mired in legal red ...

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October 01, 2013

The Myth of China’s Financial Time Bomb

The role of China’s “shadow banking” sector in financing extravagant local development projects has led financial pundits to warn of ...

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November 14, 2012

Dissecting the Tax Schemes of Japan's "Third Force" (2)

In the second of a two-part series on the Japan Restoration Party's tax platform, Shigeki Morinobu explores the optimum forms ...

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November 05, 2012

Dissecting the Tax Schemes of Japan's "Third Force" (1)

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's drive to transform public administration in Japan has drawn renewed attention since his party went national ...

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August 31, 2012

Building the Foundation for Local Governance

Japan instituted the legal framework for political decentralization more than a decade ago, but few local governments have even begun ...

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October 27, 2011

In Portland, a New Public Paradigm

Local administrators participating in a Tokyo Foundation leadership program returned from a week in Portland, Oregon, with plenty of food ...

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September 28, 2011

A Community-Based Model of Rural Recovery

Options for post-disaster recovery have provided a rich source of material for media commentary since the March earthquake and tsunami. ...

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