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June 2, 2010

Prime Minister Hatoyama’s Surprise Prime Minister Hatoyama’s Surprise

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/POOL Yesterday’s resignation of Yukio Hatoyama as Japan’s prime minister was swift and complete. Prime Minister Hatoyama cited two reasons for his decision to step down. Th…

May 18, 2010

Prime Minister Hatoyama’s Pursuit of Equity Prime Minister Hatoyama’s Pursuit of Equity

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Toru Hanai There is an abundance of criticism of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama over his handling of the Futenma issue. There seems to be a lot of smug derision and throwing…

January 7, 2010

The Hatoyama Cabinet Changes a Key Player

In the first casualty of the Hatoyama cabinet, Finance Minister Hirohisa Fujii has resigned due to his ailing health. As a finance policy pro with previous cabinet-level experience, Fujii was a comfo…

October 27, 2017

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 20, 2017

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…

June 2, 2010

Media Conference Call: Implications of Japan's Prime Minister's Resignation

Listen to CFR Senior Fellow Sheila Smith discuss the implications of implications of the surprise collapse of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's government.

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 …

April 2, 2015

Play RTXJWPO_SmithBookLaunch_EC.jpg Japan's Reckoning With a Rising China

CFR Senior Fellow Sheila A. Smith introduces her new book, Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China.

July 10, 2014

Japan's New Politics and the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Overview Japan's new politics challenge some basic assumptions about U.S.-Japan alliance management. From the election of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) in 2009 to the return of the Liberal D…