| Apr 19, 2014

Team Abe's alternate-reality Kool-Aid

by Jeff Kingston

Japan’s relations with China and South Korea are in tatters, there has been no progress on dealing with North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, strains with Washington persist, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks are at an impasse, whaling got harpooned and hopes for a deal ...

Dec 20, 2013

Parties rush to pick candidates for Tokyo governor

The ruling and opposition parties were caught off guard by the resignation of scandal-hit Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose and are now scrambling to find candidates for the special election to pick his successor. “We must find someone who can win,” Shigeru Ishiba, secretary-general of ...

A term for Abe's ilk? Well, nonliberal

| Jun 4, 2013

A term for Abe's ilk? Well, nonliberal

by Eric Johnston

Foreign media and overseas Japan experts largely use 19th- and 20th-century labels to describe Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and current Japanese politics led by his Liberal Democratic Party — “right-wing,” “hawkish,” “conservative” and “nationalist.” Japanese and the Japanese media either use and agree with, ...

'All issues on table' in China-India talks

May 20, 2013

'All issues on table' in China-India talks

India says all issues will be “on the table,” including a recent border spat and a festering trade imbalance, during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to the South Asian giant, which started Sunday. At the same time, New Delhi thinks “very highly” of Li’s ...

Mar 6, 2013

Italy's opera buffa

If the potential consequences of the Italian national election were not so severe, the outcome would be the stuff of great comedy. After all, one quarter of the votes were taken by a party formed by a standup comedian, while former Prime Minister Silvio ...

Mar 6, 2013

U.S. headed toward Italian-style politics

by Mike Lofgren

Since Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, a recurring theme of our political discourse has been how crazy Republicans appear to have become. Birthers, death panels, shariah law, legitimate rape: The heretofore successfully repressed tendencies of the Reagan coalition blossomed like a noxious ...

Feb 23, 2013

Campaigning, 21st-century style

The ruling and opposition parties agree to let election campaigns loose on the Internet, but they differ over the extent to which email should be used.