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June 2, 2010

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

May 18, 2010

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…

Prime Minister Hatoyama’s Pursuit of Equity

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

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.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

October 20, 2017

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…

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

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.

February 29, 2016

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 …


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…

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

April 2, 2015

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.

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December 4, 2009

Energy and Climate Policy
Copenhagen’s Many Agendas

The UN conference on climate change that begins December 7 in Copenhagen is supposed to produce new targets for emissions reductions, but experts say major countries are at odds on the ultimate goal …