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Jiro Yamaguchi

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

Perilous spirit of the times

Oct 28, 2014

Perilous spirit of the times

A gap has emerged between Japanese and foreign media in their appraisal of Japan's political scene. Some overseas media are growing skeptical that Japan is indeed a champion of freedom and democracy.

McCarthyism, Japan-style

Sep 25, 2014

McCarthyism, Japan-style

The inordinate attacks by right-wing media and politicians on the Asahi Shimbun after the newspaper retracted and apologized for past reporting errors on two controversial topics does not bode well for the spirit of future press inquiry in Japan.

Sep 2, 2014

Wrong path to full sovereignty

The change in the government's long-standing interpretation of Article 9 of the Constitution may lift some restrictions on Japan's use of military force, but Japan will not become a full-fledged sovereign state as long as it has a leader who can neither think autonomously ...

Jul 31, 2014

Abe undermining rule of law

Recent decisions involving security and nuclear power policies demonstrate that Japan's leaders appear to believe that rules were made to be reinterpreted.

Jun 23, 2014

War history lessons ignored

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is ignoring history as he tries to have the Constitution reintrepreted to enable Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense.

Apr 27, 2014

Politicians running in place

Today, there's not so much political competition in Japan between the ruling and opposition camps as there is among opposition parties seeking to ally themselves with the ruling camp. Have individual lawmakers become less willing to take risks by speaking up?

Mar 27, 2014

Abe's pace on two right legs

The current Abe administration finds itself with two right legs — one composed of traditional conservative forces that favor strong ties with the U.S. and another that takes anti-U.S. postures. Both jockey for influence within Abe' Liberal Democratic Party.

Feb 27, 2014

Japan's strange narcissism

In today's Japan, the government's affected show of adapting to globalization and the rise of exclusionist nationalism are two sides of the same coin.