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Kevin Rafferty

For Kevin Rafferty's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Oct 26, 2015

Abe's magic doesn't work

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants Japan to believe there are magic solutions to the complex problems facing society, to the detriment of the nation.

Oct 20, 2015

Too early for TPP cheers

The Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations were a major blow against democracy and good governance, and the deal is studded with measures distorting capitalism and free markets.

Aug 18, 2015

Shinzo Abe's sorry apology

Critics of Shinzo Abe have to concede that he used the right buzzwords in his address marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. But did he really mean them?

Aug 4, 2015

Abe losing to his demons

On the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat and surrender, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has a wonderful opportunity to set a new path for Japan, for Asia and the world. But will he take it?

We need to talk about Abe

May 8, 2015

We need to talk about Abe

Shinzo Abe is bent on making Japan a "normal" country, but has he thought out the consequences of elevating the SDF to a full-fledged military?