Jan 4, 2015

Revitalizing rural parts of Japan

There seems to be a basic discrepancy between the Abe administration's direction in its employment policy and what its regional revitalization program is aiming for.

Dec 29, 2014

Pesky political fund problems

The return of Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc to a two-thirds majority in the Lower House has all but sidelined a spate of political fund problems that hit Cabinet members before the snap election. But it has not erased them.

Dec 19, 2013

Defense buildup won't bring security

With the adoption of Japan's first comprehensive guideline for security policy and diplomacy, the Abe Cabinet appears to operate under the illusion that the use of force ultimately could resolve the difficult situation the nation finds itself in.

Aug 19, 2013

Inadequate financial plan

The Abe Cabinet-endorsed medium-term financial reconstruction program does not present adequate concrete measures for restoring health to Japan's finances.

Jul 16, 2013

Repairing ties with Beijing and Seoul

More than a half year after the inauguration of the Abe Cabinet, Japan's bilateral relations with China and South Korea remain chilly. South Korean President Park Geun-hye met with U.S. President Barack Obama in early May in Washington. Although South Korean leaders traditionally follow ...

Jun 19, 2013

Growth strategy misses

The "Abenomics" growth strategy just adopted looks like a wish list of budgets with project names that will be coveted by individual government ministries.

Jun 18, 2013

Will new 'NSC' enhance security?

Creating a Japanese version of the U.S. National Security Council would risk adding rigidity to the decision-making process during a national emergency.

Apr 30, 2013

Overseas land transport by SDF

The Abe Cabinet's endorsement of a bill to let the Self-Defense Forces use land vehicles to make emergency rescues overseas smacks of a desire to expand SDF activities abroad.

Feb 1, 2013

Budget shows old LDP stripes

The nearly ¥93 trillion initial general-account budget for fiscal 2013 approved by the Abe Cabinet shows that the old Liberal Democratic Party is back.

Jan 24, 2013

Stay on the nonnuclear path

It would be unrealistic for the Abe administration to return to the energy polices that prevailed before the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster of 3/11.