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Japanese Politics

The Abe Administration's Arrogance of Power Moment

Nancy Snow | Posted 07.16.2016 | World
Nancy Snow

On the cusp of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II when Emperor Hirohito made his historic speech of surrender, the Abe government is attempting to drive through the Diet 11 security bills that will forever alter the landscape of Japan's postwar history.

A Guitar Solo Set To The Exact Tune Of That Crazy, Weeping Japanese Politician

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 08.22.2014 | Arts

In case you missed it the first time, the viral video of a weeping Japanese politician is back, better than ever. Ryutaro Nonomura's rambling, dramati...

Japan's Defense Policy: A Domestic Or International Problem?

The Huffington Post | Michael Maisel | Posted 06.30.2014 | World

A man lit himself on fire in a busy Tokyo railway station on Sunday to protest a proposal by the Japanese government to weaken the country's decades-o...

Reaffirming Tokyo's Leader in Washington

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 07.01.2012 | World
Joshua W. Walker

In isolation, neither 3.11 nor Mr. Noda have changed Japan. Yet in different ways both have exposed the Japanese state's shortcomings by contrasting the resilience of its citizenry with the impotence of its government.

The Significance of Ozawa's Acquittal

Karel van Wolferen | Posted 06.27.2012 | World
Karel van Wolferen

Political reporting from Japan, most of it based on how the status quo addicted mainstream Japanese newspapers interpret things, must be seen for what it is: a huge journalistic scandal.

Obama Takes Down (the Wrong) Prime Minister

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

Japan's PM Yukio Hatoyama could not withstand the pressure from Obama -- who gave Hatoyama the kind of icy treatment he has also been trying to give Israel's Netanyahu. The problem is Hatoyama wilted, and Netanyahu seems to be thriving.

The 'Ozawa Girls': Politics Meets Porn In Japan

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NAGOYA, Japan -- When Kayoko Isogai got the call from high-ranking officials at the Democratic Party of Japan asking her to stand for a seat in the na...

Japan in a Post-American World

John Haffner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Haffner

Now more than ever, the United States needs Asia to prosper, and Japan must play its part.

Secretary Clinton's Victim Diplomacy in East Asia

John Delury | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Delury

By meeting with families of abductees in Japan, Secretary Clinton risks validating the political campaign orchestrated and funded by the Japanese right.