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Breaking Down Japan's Election

Brad Glosserman, National Interest

Japan's Nasty Nazi-ish Elections

Jake Adelstein, Daily Beast

Where is the Yen Headed?

William Pesek, Japan Times

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) have their election victory. As forecast, they crushed the opposition in Sunday's vote and consolidated th...(full article)

Abe was almost disgraced during his first term in office in 2006–2007, but in December 2012, he came back with a vengeance....(full article)

Japan will hold elections on December 14. That’s for sure. The question is why? And what’s behind them? And, take note, these are not questions that people in Japan are...(full article)

The Abe administration has explained that Japan needs the law to tighten control of government secrets for it to be able to exchange sensitive information with the United States an...(full article)

Nearly two decades after America rolled out its strong-dollar mantra, Japan seems to have adopted the opposite chant. Finance Minister Taro Aso reminded reporters Tuesday about the...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Japan Needs to Refresh Its Nuclear Policy - Asahi Shimbun

For nearly seven decades since the end of World War II, survivors of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been calling for a world without nuclear weapons. But t...

Japan's Electoral System Needs Fixing - Japan Times

The Diet should not wait for court decisions on the lawsuits but instead take action on its own to overhaul the electoral system. For that, lawmakers involved in the reforms must r...

Abe's Re-Election Was no Ringing Endorsement - Guardian

Japanese voters gave the Liberal Democrats a big majority but with little enthusiasm....

End the Cycle of Distrust in East Asia - Asahi Shimbun

Abe’s controversial remarks, such as “there is no established definition of invasion,” and his visit to Yasukuni Shrine have aroused international suspicions, lea...

China Attacks Another Fishing Boat - Gary Sands, FP Blogs Network

Perhaps Xi’s message of conciliation, or remaining “unshakeable in its resolve to pursue peaceful development” and his statement, “Neither turbulence nor wa...

Pundits Misunderstand the Japanese Economy - John Tamny, RCMarkets

As is well known now, Japan's economy recent entered into a "recession" of the fraudulent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) kind. Importantly, the downturn proclaimed by the astrologist...

Japan Must Not Forget Its Past - Richard Cohen, Washington Post

Japan is working hard at forgetting. Its prime minister, Shinzo Abe, suggests in code-talk that Japan was the victim of World War II — no war criminals at all, thank you — an...

The Game China Is Playing - Alexander Vuving, The National Interest

What does China want with this island building? What is the ultimate objective of these projects? The usual lens we use to decipher strategic moves on the international arena is il...

Okinawa Election Matters to China, Japan, and the US - The Diplomat

Yet another high profile gubernatorial election has come and gone in Okinawa, and yet again another anti-base candidate has won. Takeshi Onaga, the anti-base candidate who ran as a...

Abe's Moment of Reckoning - Economist

Mr. Abe claims that he needs yet another mandate from voters to implement Abenomics, as his reform programme is commonly known—even though his government already possesses a ...

A Reshuffle of Loyalties Looms in East Asia - Jin Kai, The Diplomat

Unless the U.S. can bring Seoul and Tokyo together, China will seek to exploit tensions in this relationship....

Japan Tries to Rewrite Its History - New York Times

The Abe government is playing with fire in pandering those demanding a whitewash of wartime history. “They want to bully us into silence,” Takashi Uemura, a former Asah...

Japan Steps up Its Game in Latin America - Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald

As Asian rival China invests billions in Latin America and snaps up strategic commodities, Japan also is looking at the region with new interest....

Weighing Abenomics - Japan Times

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe emphasizes that his economic policies have created more than 1 million jobs and enabled the highest pay increases in 15 years. Share prices have surged mo...

Could Natural Gas Strengthen Ties in Asia? - Stewart Taggart, NI

Building a regional natural gas network is the biggest step Asia can take over the next 5-10 years to reduce destructive climate change. In the journey from coal to clean energy, n...

Japan's Corporations Are Key to Recovery - Clint Richards, The Diplomat

The Nikkei Asian Review meanwhile reports that listed Japanese companies are set to pay record returns to stakeholders, as much as 10 trillion yen ($83.8 billion) in fiscal 2014. ...

Japan's Recession Is Bad for Everyone - Irish Times

It now appears likely Mr Abe will call a snap general election to secure a continued mandate for his medicine, a risky move that, despite a divided opposition, could also leave him...

Japan's Warning to the World - Bloomberg View

Japan's renewed descent into recession -- its sixth in the past two decades -- comes with an urgent if obvious warning to the U.S., Europe and the rest of the developed world: Don'...

Could This Be the End of Reform in Japan? - Michael Auslin, American

Japan’s prime minister has lived a charmed life these past two years. Resurrecting his career and his Liberal Democratic Party in 2012, Shinzo Abe surprised everyone with a rat...

APEC a Keynote Moment in China's Rise - Joe Hhung, China Post

A confident Xi Jinping made Beijing the venue to pronounce China as the power to be reckoned with in the fraying pax Americana....

Japan's 300 MPH Train - Timothy Lee, Vox

Japan is looking to surpass China with a new train that can go more than 310 miles per hour. Passengers got an opportunity to ride the new train this week....

Okinawans Deliver a Negative Verdict on U.S. Base - Japan Times

The results of the Okinawa gubernatorial election on Sunday is the clearest rejection to date by local voters of the national government’s plan to build a new base on the isl...

Great-Power Rivalry Still Threatens the Pacific - The Economist

IN CHINA even a handshake is an expression of power. When Xi Jinping met Barack Obama in Beijing this week at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit, Mr Xi stood on t...

A Welcome Thaw in China-Japan Ties - South China Morning Post

The mere fact that the leaders of the world's second- and third-biggest economies have met for the first time in two years - if only for 25 minutes - not only raises hopes of conta...

Japan-China Relationship Thawing? - Jane Perlez, The Globe & Mail

Striking an upbeat note, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan said Tuesday that he believed his country and China had taken a major step forward in repairing relations, and that from...

Japan's Revisionist Right Leads Witch Hunt - Jeff Kingston, Japan Times

Many Japanese and long-time Japan observers have expressed dismay about the recrudescence of self-righteous nationalism under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has emboldened right-wi...

Asia's Economic Miracle Has Peaked - William Wilson, National Interest

Demographic trends, faltering exports, slowing growth in China and a credit bubble all suggest a new reality for Asia....

The Trade Deal U.S. & Japan Must Seal - Gen. James L. Jones, RCWorld

The TPP stands to establish a new and enduring foundation for U.S.-Japan relations....

Japan's Economy: Big Bazookas - The Economist

JAPAN prizes caution and consensus. So it was remarkable when the Bank of Japan (BoJ) suddenly promised to buy ¥80 trillion ($705 billion) of government bonds a year until the ...

Japan's Regional Outreach Is Bearing Fruit - Clint Richards, The Diplomat

While speaking at the presidential palace in the capital of Manila to Japanese reporters, Aquino outlined his desire to work more closely with Japan on matters of security, shortly...

Will GOP Congress Boost Pacific Trade Pact? - Eric Johnston, Japan Times

While Japanese and U.S. officials expect little change in the U.S.-Japan relationship following Tuesday’s midterm elections, experts are divided on what a Republican-controlled C...

Japanese Money Floods Southeast Asia - Economist

A weak domestic economy is spurring Japanese firms to expand abroad....

Putin's Ill-Advised Military Play - Japan Times

The hallmark of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s campaign to reclaim parts of Russia’s lost empire in Central Europe has been the forceful denial of any Russian gover...

Bank of Japan's Money Can't Match China - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

As Shinzo Abe looks for new growth engines to reinvigorate Japan, he's ignoring the most obvious one. On Friday, Japan’s stock markets zoomed upward on news that the Bank of Japa...

A Move to Defuse Japan-China Tensions - M. Sorenson, Global Risk Insights

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and China's President Xi Jinping are set to meet for the first time in their respective tenures at the APEC meeting in Beijing in November....

Is Abenomics Failing Japan? - Stephen Roach, Project Syndicate

Japan is the petri dish for the struggle against the secular stagnation that is now gripping most major developed economies. And, notwithstanding all of the fanfare surrounding &ld...

Losing Confidence in Shinzo Abe - South China Morning Post

Japan needs a leader who is determined and respected if it is to banish two decades of deflationary paralysis....

Working Towards Stability and Security in Asia - Michael Auslin, AEIdeas

News that India will now provide naval vessels to Vietnam continues a trend of diversifying and evolving security relations in Asia. Earlier this year, Japan announced it was givin...

U.S., Japan Missing a Chance to Counter China - P. Leaf, RealClearWorld

Measured by geography alone, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is ambitious: The pact would bind the United States, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, and seven other countries in a...

China's Rise May not Be so Peaceful - John Mearsheimer, National Interest

If the Chinese economy continues growing at a brisk clip in the next few decades, the United States will once again face a potential peer competitor, and great-power politics will ...

The Similarities Between Germany and China - George Friedman, Stratfor

The problem with an export-based economy is that the exporter is the hostage of its customers. Germany's and China's well-being depend not only on how they manage their economies, ...

An Overview of U.S. Trade Ties to Asia - Heritage Foundation

It is in the cause of furthering American interests that The Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center once again offers a snapshot of America’s stake in the Pacific a...

5 Places Where WW3 Could Break Out - James Hardy, National Interest

It seems these days the world is literally on fire. Conflict continues on and off in Ukraine, there are tensions throughout the Asia-Pacific, Ebola is on the rampage, ISIS continue...

Learning from Japan's Reformed Economy - Adam Posen, East Asia Forum

One of the striking things about the past few decades of Japan’s economic history has been the fact that textbook macroeconomics could have predicted most of it....

North Korea's Deceptive Charm Offensive - B. Klingner, RealClearWorld

The prospects for progress in inter-Korean relations are always dicey. The history of the two Koreas is littered with the shattered hopes of countless previous attempts at getting...

Nikkei Down Over 10 Percent

Asian shares tumbled Tuesday as Tokyo's stock benchmark plunged 11% on panic selling amid worries that a possible nuclear catastrophe in Japan would further complicate and endang...

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