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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

October 24, 2011

Japan
Prime Minister Noda’s Visit to Seoul

South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak (front R) walks with Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (front L) into the presidential Blue House before their meeting in Seoul October 19, 2011 (Kim Jae…

South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak (front R) walks with Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (front L) into the presidential Blue House before their meeting in Seoul October 19, 2011

June 26, 2012

Japan
Prime Minister Noda’s Divided Party

Yesterday, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda succeeded in passing his legislative initiative on consumption tax and social security reform by a vote of 393 to 96. But it was Noda’s ability to gain the co…

Japan's prime minister Yoshihiko Noda attends a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo after Japan's lower house approved a plan to double the sales tax June 26, 2012 (Toru Hanai/Courtesy Reuters).

September 23, 2011

Japan
Prime Minister Noda Outlines His Priorities in New York

Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speaks during a high-level meeting on nuclear safety and security at the United Nations headquarters in New York September 22, 2011 (Shannon Stapleton/C…

Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speaks during a high-level meeting on nuclear safety and security at the United Nations headquarters in New York September 22, 2011.

January 3, 2012

China
Prime Minister Noda’s Year-end Strategic Tour

Japan's prime minister Yoshihiko Noda inspects a guard of honour during his ceremonial reception at the presidential palace in New Delhi December 28, 2011 (B Mathur/Courtesy Reuters). Unlike ma…

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda inspects a guard of honour during his ceremonial reception at the presidential palace in New Delhi

August 31, 2011

China
Why China Worries About Japanese Prime Minister Noda

Japan's Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda stands up as he is chosen as the party's new leader while the party lawmakers clap their hands during Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan l…

Japan’s Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda stands up as he is chosen as the party’s new leader while the party lawmakers clap their hands during Japan’s ruling Democratic Party of Japan leadership vote in Tokyo on August 29, 2011.

October 2, 2017

Japan
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…

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike

August 3, 2017

Japan
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…

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.

April 27, 2012

Japan
The U.S.-Japan Summit: Three Things to Know

CFR’s Sheila Smith highlights the significance of the U.S.-Japan Summit as the first state visit by the Democratic Party’s Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda, which features a broad agenda and comes at a…

July 1, 2014

Japan
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…

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