| Mar 21, 2014

Cracks in the ruling coalition

The exercise of Japan's right to collective self-defense has become Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's political creed, but ruling coalition partner New Komeito wants Abe to slow his approach, and others close to Abe have grown apprehensive about the rise of anti-American conservatism within Abe's ...

Feb 16, 2014

An endangered liberal voice

by Sentaku Magazine

What has become of the Liberal Democratic Party's "liberalism" since the Abe administration took the nation's helm? A lone survivor of that tradition weighs in on the future of "Abenomics" and Japan itself.

Jan 30, 2014

Calling Abe to account

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito should refrain from ramrodding their proposals through the Diet as they did with the state state secrets bill during the recent extradordinary Diet session.

Jan 24, 2014

Opposition needs unified agenda

There are budding moves to reorganize Japan's fragmented political opposition to create a new force that can stand up to the giant ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party.

Jan 7, 2014

LDP's secrecy law propaganda

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is rebutting newspaper articles that have criticized the recently enacted state secrets protection law. But its documented arguments are far from convincing.

Protecting nature to protect ourselves

| Dec 21, 2013

Protecting nature to protect ourselves

by Stephen Hesse

This month’s column takes an intrepid look at efforts to expand protected areas in Japan and worldwide, areas that are essential to conserve biological diversity and mitigate natural disasters. “Intrepid” because ecosystems are the backbone of food and water security, and with national security ...

Nov 6, 2013

Don't undermine inheritance bill

After weeks of foot-dragging within the conservative ranks, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party finally endorses a bill to strengthen inheritance rights for children born out of wedlock.