Prime Minister Kishida Fumio raised the stakes in the growing debate over Japan’s defense spending when he pledged to President Joe Biden during their…
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Several new polls suggest that with the House of Councillors elections approaching, Prime Minister Kishida Fumio is benefiting from the same conditions…
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Prime Minister Kishida Fumio was in Okinawa over the weekend as Japan and the prefecture commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the reversion of…
On Monday, 9 May, former prime minister Abe Shinzō was in Oita campaigning for the Liberal Democratic Party ahead of this summer’s upper house…
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Plus: an appreciation of Nakayama Toshihiro
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I attended a Brookings Institution panel on U.S.-Japan economic statecraft on Wednesday, 4 May, featuring the LDP’s Kōno Tarō and Yamashita Takashi…
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May 3 is Japan’s Constitution Memorial Day, which commemorates the enactment of the postwar constitution in 1947 – and I am beginning to think that a…
To understand why, after nearly a decade away from blogging, I have decided to revive Observing Japan, I would point to the final paragraph of my 2020…
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