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October 27, 2017

Japan
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Abe’s Win and Japan’s Constitutional Debate

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is positioned to push constitutional revision following his landslide electoral win, but his efforts will be challenged at home and abroad.

October 2, 2017

Japan
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike Japan’s Choice: Abe vs. Koike

For the second time since returning to the prime minister’s office in 2012, Shinzo Abe has called for a snap election. His calculus seems to revolve around timing. A drop in Abe’s approval ratings th…

August 3, 2017

Japan
Japan's new Internal Affairs Minister Seiko Noda and new Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Ken Saito leave Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence on August 3, 2017. Abe Cabinet #3: An LDP Team Effort

For the third time since he returned to power in 2012, Shinzo Abe has reshuffled his cabinet. This time, however, far more depends on his personnel choices. Support for Abe in media polls dropped pre…

December 13, 2017

Japan
Japanese Monetary Policy Is Working, But the BoJ Can’t Tell You Why Japanese Monetary Policy Is Working, But the BoJ Can’t Tell You Why

In September 2016, the Bank of Japan adopted a new strategy to boost the flagging Japanese economy: “yield curve control,” or YCC. The aim was to widen the gap between long- and short-term intere…

December 8, 2017

Elections and Voting
Elections 2018 Ten Elections to Watch in 2018

Millions of people around the world voted in elections this year. The French elected Emmanuel Macron president, while South Koreans elected Moon Jae-in president. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani won …

November 6, 2017

Japan
Abenomics and the Long Legacy of the Consumption Tax Hike Abenomics and the Long Legacy of the Consumption Tax Hike

Abe's consumption tax hike stalled what until then had been a demand led recovery, leading to a three year period with no growth in domestic demand. 

November 9, 2017

South Korea
Trump Sticks to the Script, Bolsters U.S. Defense Commitments in Japan and South Korea Trump Sticks to the Script, Bolsters U.S. Defense Commitments in Japan and South Korea

During his first visit to Northeast Asia as president, Donald Trump has stayed on script, deepened relationships with his counterparts, and succeeded in communicating the right combination of assuran…

November 2, 2017

United States
Trump and Asia: Resources from CFR and Foreign Affairs

On Friday, President Donald J. Trump will start a two week trip that includes visits to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Recent resources from the Council on Foreign Relations…

October 20, 2017

Japan
Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan leader Yukio Edano speaks at a campaign rally in Tokyo, Japan on October 19. Japan's Election Sunday

Japanese will once more go to the polls this Sunday to give Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a thumbs up or a thumbs down on his performance as prime minister. This snap election for the lower house of Japa…

November 18, 2016

Japan
fotoflexer_photo_3 Abe’s Trump Test

Like many around the globe, Japanese are stunned by the election outcome and worried about what this means for the United States’ role in the world. Of particular concern, of course, are the comments…