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Japanese Politics

Conservative Party Wins Japan Elections

AP | MALCOLM FOSTER | Posted 02.15.2013 | World

TOKYO — After leading his conservative party to a landslide victory that will bring it back to power after a three-year hiatus, Shinzo Abe stres...

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.

Top Japanese Lawmaker: Americans Are 'Simple-Minded'

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TOKYO — A key figure in Japan's ruling party dubbed Americans "simple-minded" in a speech to fellow lawmakers Wednesday. It was not clear what ...

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.

Yukio Hatoyama, Japanese Prime Minister, Faces Mounting Calls To Step Down

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TOKYO — Embattled Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said Wednesday he was resigning over his broken campaign promise to move a U.S. Marine ...

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.