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Jiro Yamaguchi

For Jiro Yamaguchi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Facing a crisis in democracy

Nov 30, 2016

Facing a crisis in democracy

Japan is facing the same risk as the U.S. in the sense that politics of hatred and division prevail as people's lives get worse.

Oct 28, 2016

Abe's risky game with Russia

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is going to great lengths to achieve a diplomatic breakthrough with Russia — perhaps too great.

Aug 29, 2016

Postwar polity at crossroads

A full-scale debate on the Constitution needs to begin with a discussion on the significance of Japan's wartime defeat and the postwar reforms, and involve historical and philosophical explorations on the nation's postwar path.

Jul 27, 2016

Japanese freedom an illusion

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has betrayed the Japanese people in his handling of his drive for constitutional revision.

Jun 29, 2016

Much at stake in this election

If voters do not wish to give the Abe administration a carte blanche to revise the Constitution, they must express their intention in this election.