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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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August 08, 2017

Land Issues in the Era of Depopulation
An Interview with Author Shoko Yoshihara

Research fellow Shoko Yoshihara shares her insights into the escalating problem of abandoned and unclaimed land, the subject of her ...

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July 31, 2017

Writing Fiscal Responsibility into the Social Contract

As the Abe cabinet eyes corporate-level reforms to spur growth, economist Keiichiro Kobayashi suggests that the real source of Japan’s ...

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July 25, 2017

Honebuto 2017: More Empty Promises?

While Abenomics is aimed at triggering growth and distributing its benefits throughout society, people’s anxiety has only grown as Prime ...

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July 11, 2017

Trump’s Paris Accord Exit Is a Rebuke to US Industry

US President Donald Trump announced in June 2017 that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement, but this ...

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July 03, 2017

Japan’s Maritime Options in a Changing Security Environment

In June, the Maritime Self-Defense Force invited military officials from 10 ASEAN countries on a tour of the South China ...

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June 28, 2017

Abe’s Preemptive Apology

At the June 19 news conference following the close of the regular session of the National Diet, 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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June 22, 2017

Fisheries Management and Restoration Strategies in Chesapeake Bay

As the largest estuary in the United States with many productive fisheries, Chesapeake Bay offers a model for understanding the ...

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June 18, 2017

Tsukiji Compromise Ignores Need for Wholesale Reform

On June 20, after months of wrangling over relocation of the Tsukiji fish market, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike announced her ...

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