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April 24, 2017

Play RTX34Z25_EC.jpg Prioritizing Water on the Global Agenda

Angel Gurría provides his perspective on the crucial need to deliver on present and future water challenges around the world, and advocates for water as a driver of sustainable growth and development.

July 1, 2014

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta addresses U.S. and Japanese forces at Yokota Air Base outside of Tokyo, October 24, 2011. The U.S.-Japan Security Alliance

The U.S.-Japan alliance has been the cornerstone of Washington’s security policy in East Asia, but rising threats from China, North Korea, and economic recovery raise questions about the future of th…

February 29, 2016

RTX1S7T6_Option-C Post-Abe: Back to the Future for Japan?

James Gannon is executive director of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)/USA, and Ryo Sahashi is associate professor at Kanagawa University and research fellow at the JCIE. Barely …

November 18, 2014

Photo 2 Another Election in Tokyo

Snap elections are a staple of parliamentary democracy, and every now and then, ruling politicians decide that an election is needed to ensure that they continue to have a popular mandate if they cha…

July 30, 2013

Workers check solar panels at a solar power field in Kawasaki, near Tokyo July 6, 2011. Aldrich, Platte, and Sklarew: What’s Ahead for Abe’s Energy Agenda?

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) won a major victory in the Upper House election on July 21, and gained control of both houses of the Diet together with its coalition partner New Komeito. Th…

January 31, 2014

srilanka_humanrights Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of January 31, 2014

Darcie Draudt, Charles McClean, Will Piekos, and Sharone Tobias look at the top stories in Asia today. 1. U.S. envoy to visit Sri Lanka as pressure builds for war crimes inquiry. Three days after th…

July 22, 2013

Abe_1 Abe Reassures After Election Victory

As expected, Japan’s ruling coalition won a majority in Sunday’s Upper House election, earning majority control of both houses of parliament for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The standoff between Upper …

September 14, 2012

Osaka mayor Toru Hashimoto, center, head of the Japan Restoration Party, and Osaka governor Ichiro Matsui, left, secretary-general of the party, explain their policies at an open debate with Diet members and other local leaders in Osaka September 9, 2012 (Yoshinori Mizuno/Courtesy to The Asahi Shimbun). Japan Restoration Party: The Policy?

This week, contests for the head of both the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) are underway, with the expectation that Japan will be heading into a full campaign …

July 8, 2013

Japan Elections Japan’s Upper House Election

Last week, campaigning began for this year’s parliamentary election on July 21.  433 candidates have registered to contend for the 121 open slots in Japan’s 242-seat Upper House.  The ruling coalitio…

September 13, 2012

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto toasts with members of his new Japan Restoration Party at a fund-raising party in this photo taken by Kyodo in Osaka Introducing the New Japan Restoration Party

Yesterday, the charismatic mayor of Osaka, Toru Hashimoto, announced he was forming a new national political party, and the race for Japan’s next government seemed to officially begin. Hashimoto’s un…