On the evening of Thursday, 7 July, I was reading some of the coverage of the House of Councillors campaign and winding down for the evening when I saw…
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On Wednesday, 10 August, Prime Minister Kishida Fumio announced a new lineup for his cabinet and the leadership of the Liberal Democratic Party. Most…
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On Kishida's New Capitalism
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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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The campaign for Japan’s 10 July House of Councillors elections began on Wednesday, 22 June, with 533 candidates – including 177 women, 33.2% of the…
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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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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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Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda Haruhiko remains unwilling to adjust the BOJ’s monetary easing program even as the Federal Reserve has launched a…
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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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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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Plus: an appreciation of Nakayama Toshihiro
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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…