Factions matter in the LDP because they are critical for selecting who becomes the party president and hence who becomes prime minister.
For Michael MacArthur Bosack's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
One almost never hears about a Lower House member trying to move to the Upper House, but movement the opposite direction has plenty of precedent.
Japan's big cities are not reflective of national level politics, so even if the LDP and Komeito suffer a poor outcome in a few weeks, it will not portend some sweeping movement.
All LDP Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai needed was something to justify his outspoken preference for a snap election, and the no-confidence motion was just that.
While the world's response to COVID-19 dominated discussions, leaders appeared to have rediscovered the joy of diplomacy
The new legislation eliminated the need for special measures laws for the types of operations the SDF had engaged in since 2001 and added new provisions for limited collective self-defense.
Ultimately, it is not about how much military power partners project into the region, it is about adversaries knowing that those partners have skin in the game.
The LDP’s inability to pick up seats in the by-elections was unsurprising; after all, two of those seats were only up for election because of highly publicized scandals.
A scholar, negotiator and Afghanistan veteran reflects on what the end of the 20-year conflict means.
In the “two-plus-two” meeting that took place last week, the Japanese and U.S. governments unequivocally called out China, highlighting the country’s unilateral and unlawful attempts to change the status quo in the Indo-Pacific. Since then, there has been much debate on what this means ...