Michael MacArthur Bosack


Michael MacArthur Bosack
For Michael MacArthur Bosack's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s future is uncertain as a fund-raising scandal casts a shadow over who will lead the Liberal Democratic Party. 
Dec 8, 2023
Unpacking the scandal rocking the LDP to its core
What may be termed as the “faction parties scandal” is a shock to the system that will have deep implications for the Japanese political landscape.
Economic Security Minister Sanae Takaichi and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida take part in a news conference in September 2021 in the lead-up to the Liberal Democratic Party presidential race.
Nov 15, 2023
Takaichi makes another play to become the next PM
With the creation of a new study group, Cabinet minister Sanae Takaichi aims to build support for her bid for the top political job.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa meets Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo on Oct. 21.
Nov 8, 2023
Explaining Japan's nuanced approach to the Israel-Hamas war
Japan has the potential to influence the conflict due to its distinctive position within the international community.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida attends an extraordinary session at the Lower House of parliament in Tokyo on Oct. 23.
Oct 31, 2023
Prime Minister Kishida and a month of misery
The challenges Fumio Kishida faces are eroding confidence in his leadership and are likely to influence policy decision-making.
Members of the Ground Self-Defense Force disembark from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during a live fire exercise in Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture, in May 2022.
Oct 23, 2023
Kishida's proposed tax cuts put higher defense spending on hold
The plan to raise defense spending partly through tax hikes has been put on ice. In fact, it was never likely to deliver fast results.
Japan faces tough choices amid the outbreak of war between Israel and Hamas. The issue now is how Tokyo will navigate the conflict.
Oct 12, 2023
Hamas tests the limits of Japan's Israel-Palestine policy
Japan is the lone outlier in the Group of Seven, condemning the Hamas attacks but also expressing concern over potential casualties in the Gaza Strip.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's administration faces discontent within the ruling coalition, mounting frustration from conservative elements in the LDP and persistently low public approval ratings.
Oct 10, 2023
As cracks form, Kishida’s political ship takes on water
The Kishida administration faces discontent within the ruling coalition, frustration from LDP conservatives and and low public approval ratings.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and members of his new Cabinet at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on Wednesday
Sep 14, 2023
More flash than substance in Kishida’s Cabinet reshuffle
The reshuffle was consistent with past Liberal Democratic Party practices and portends a continuation of status quo policies and initiatives.
Japan Times
May 24, 2023
Why a snap election might be looming for Japan
Kishida has denied that he is considering a snap election; but then again, so does every Japanese prime minister when asked about the timing for such a vote.
Japan Times
May 19, 2023
The significance of the new Japan-China defense hotline
In a dire situation with great danger and/or worsening conditions, the Japan-China hotline is important because nobody wants to figure out who to call or have to search for the right number.
Japan Times
May 10, 2023
Stronger Japan-NATO ties were bound to happen
Russia’s war in Ukraine and regional Chinese aggression have accelerated the maturation of the Japan-NATO relationship, but the wheels were set in motion following the fall of the Soviet Union.
Japan Times
Apr 25, 2023
Japan’s political landscape after the unified elections
The ruling LDP and its junior coalition partner saw most of their candidates succeed across the country in Sunday"s unified elections. The exception is where Nippon Ishin no Kai surged.
Japan Times
Apr 15, 2023
Questions mount as Kishida attack brings sense of deja vu
While the incident occurred without the same tragic consequences of the assassination of Shinzo Abe last year, the shocking event leaves many unanswered questions.
Japan Times
Mar 22, 2023
Kishida breaks new ground in visit to Ukraine
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has effectively paved the way for future Japanese leaders to demonstrate Japanese leadership abroad with his visit to Ukraine.
Japan Times
Mar 10, 2023
Preparing the SDF for tomorrow’s fight and today’s needs
How does the SDF balance between posturing for the combat operations of tomorrow and the disaster relief missions of today?
Japan Times
Mar 2, 2023
The paradox that is Fumio Kishida’s leadership
Lucky for Prime Minister Kishida, the Japanese public does not see a viable alternative to the LDP for running the government.
Japan Times
Feb 16, 2023
Fumio Kishida is succeeding abroad but failing at home
Kishida"s polling numbers remain in the “caution area,” and there seems to be little opportunity for him to turn things around before local elections in April.
Japan Times
Jan 17, 2023
Key takeaways from Japan-U.S. talks worth noting
The fact that Japan and the U.S. do not require continuous renegotiation of their standing agreements is an important one, and shows the strength of the alliance.
Japan Times
Jan 5, 2023
Prime Minister Kishida’s 2023 survival strategy
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has a tough road ahead, but he is politically savvy and has been adept at making the moves necessary to remain in office so far.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan / Perspectives
Dec 23, 2022
What to make of Japan’s new defense documents
Nothing in Japan's new defense documents signals an abandonment of the core principles of its security, but a refinement of roles and capabilities to match modern needs.


Tokyo Healthcare University professor Takayuki Mifune explains how he is trying to re-create bonito broth from 1,300 years ago.
The quest to re-create what the Japanese ate 1,300 years ago