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June 11, 2010

Japan
Kan’s Kiheitai Minus Kamei

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao Kan has quickly nipped in the bud speculation about the role of those who made Yukio Hatoyama’s effort to lead difficult. Right after being elected, Kan spoke …

Kan’s Kiheitai Minus Kamei

August 25, 2011

Japan
The Race to Replace Kan

Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan bows to the national flag as he arrives for a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo April 1, 2011 (Issei Kato/Courtesy Reuters). The Democratic Par…

Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan bows to the national flag as he arrives for a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo April 1, 2011.

November 16, 2012

Japan
Noda’s November Surprise

Japan’s prime minister Yoshihiko Noda suddenly announced this Wednesday that he would dissolve the Lower House of parliament, and today marks the end of the Democratic Party of Japan’s (DPJ) majority…

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda arrives for a lower house plenary session at the parliament in Tokyo

November 20, 2012

Japan
A Referendum for Japan

Japan’s politicians have been released from legislative deliberations, and are rushing to prepare for the next Lower House election, scheduled for December 16. The media is in hot pursuit as politici…

Japanese college students raise their fists at a job-hunting rally in Tokyo February 5, 2009 (Toru Hanai/Courtesy Reuters).

December 14, 2012

Japan
Japan’s Revolving-Door Elections

Reviving Japan’s economy from its two-decade-long slump is key to stabilizing the country’s political environment, says expert Gerald Curtis.

June 2, 2011

Japan
Prime Minister Kan Prevails

Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan (R) walks past lawmakers to cast a vote against the opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion in parliament in Tokyo June 2, 2011. Kan survived a no-confidence vo…

Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan (R) walks past lawmakers to cast a vote against the opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion in parliament in Tokyo June 2, 2011. Kan survived a no-confidence vote in parliament on Thursday, but the unpopular leader will still struggle to break a policy deadlock given a split in his own party and a divided parliament.

March 7, 2011

Japan
Japan’s Loss

Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara told a news conference on Sunday he would resign following criticism for accepting political donations from a foreign national, the latest blow to unpopular Pr…

Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara told a news conference on Sunday he would resign following criticism for accepting political donations from a foreign national, the latest blow to unpopular Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s troubled government.

June 1, 2011

Japan
No Confidence in Tokyo?

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan attends a special committee on post-quake reconstruction at the lower house in Tokyo May 31, 2011. Unpopular PM Kan on Tuesday refused to step down in the face of a …

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan attends a special committee on post-quake reconstruction at the lower house in Tokyo May 31, 2011. Unpopular PM Kan on Tuesday refused to step down in the face of a no-confidence motion in parliament this week, saying he wanted first to resolve the world’s worst nuclear crisis in 25 years.

July 12, 2010

Japan
The Real Test for Japan’s Political Leaders Lies Ahead

Toru Hanai/Courtesy Reuters Ever since the DPJ swept into power last fall, these Upper House elections have been identified as the moment of popular evaluation for Japan’s new ruling party. But the…

The Real Test for Japan’s Political Leaders Lies Ahead

June 2, 2010

Japan
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…

Prime Minister Hatoyama’s Surprise