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November 27, 2018

Cushioning the Consumption-Tax Increase
The Triumph of Politics over Policy

Shigeki Morinobu laments the political bargaining behind the government’s ill-advised shift to a dual-rate consumption tax, while calling for intelligently ...

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March 27, 2018

After Putin’s Reelection: What Next?

The most interesting questions about Putin’s fourth presidential term are whether it will be his last and, if so, how ...

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February 06, 2018

Japan’s Post-Populist Paralysis

There is an appearance of political stability in Japan, but this may be because Japan already went through its anti-elitist, ...

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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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June 26, 2017

The Uncertain Future of America’s Sanctions on Russia

US sanctions against Russia have become a prominent symbol of the Trump administration’s ties with the Kremlin and have made ...

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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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February 22, 2016

Can Trump Win?

The real-estate mogul could wind up winning the Republican nomination and even the race for the White House, but he ...

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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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October 08, 2015

Abe’s Hollow Victory?
Public Uproar over Collective Self-Defense

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe achieved a cherished policy goal with the September 19, 2015, passage of security legislation revising the ...

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March 20, 2015

Mixed Marks for India’s Modi

Dubbed “the Indian Abe” by some observers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office late last May amid high hopes for ...

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