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Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
May 21, 2013
Ambivalent Japan turns on its 'insular' youth
Japan's decision to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade negotiations shows that at least some in government have accepted the fact that 'opening up' Japan is in the nation's best long-term interests.
BUSINESS / Economy / JAPANESE PERSPECTIVES
May 20, 2013
Utility, ubiquity playing key roles in corrupting policymakers' thinking
Two mind-sets seem to be catching on in Japan these days. They worry me. One is the notion that something has to be useful to be of value. The other is that anything is justifiable on the grounds that everybody else is doing it.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
May 18, 2013
As LDP rides high, are factions biding time?
In late April at an upscale hotel in Tokyo, more than 100 people thronged to have their photo taken with Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso.
JAPAN / Politics
May 12, 2013
LDP locks sights on reactors, Constitution
A draft of the Liberal Democratic Party's platform for the upcoming election states that any reactors which clear the newly compiled safety criteria will be restarted — a move likely to upset antinuclear voters awakened by the Fukushima meltdowns in 2011.
JAPAN / Media / MEDIA MIX
May 5, 2013
Media weighs in on LDP's English education plan
The Liberal Democratic Party has a thing for archery. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's financial policies comprise "three arrows." The symbolism is based on the old Japanese saying, "Three arrows are harder to break." Since "Abenomics" has proven to be a PR success, at least with the electorate, he's using...
EDITORIALS
May 4, 2013
Constitutional values at stake
Constitution Day (May 3) is a good time to scrutinize recent statements by political leaders who seek to make imprudent revisions to Japan's Constitution.
EDITORIALS
May 4, 2013
Mr. Kaieda must lead and fight
An Upper House by-election victory in Yamaguchi Prefecture is a boon to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of nationwide Upper House elections this summer.
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JAPAN
Apr 28, 2013
Sovereignty celebration hit by protests
The government holds its first formal celebration of the day the San Francisco Peace Treaty ended the allied Occupation, angering residents in Okinawa, which stayed under U.S. control until 1972.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 26, 2013
Parties lining up celebrities for Upper House race
Former prosecutor Masaru Wakasa, 56, a frequent commentator on news programs and talk shows who once worked in the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor's Office, said Thursday he will run in this summer's Upper House election as a Liberal Democratic Party candidate.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 25, 2013
LDP election strategy: double farming income
To shore up Japan's declining farm sector and mollify TPP critics, the Liberal Democratic Party proposes doubling farmers' incomes over the next 10 years.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan / THE VIEW FROM EUROPE
Apr 22, 2013
Polished PR, perception strategy fourth arrow in 'Abenomics' quiver
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is back and so, it appears, is Japan. The yen is down, the Nikkei up, and approval ratings and expectations for the new government are sky high.
JAPAN
Apr 19, 2013
Tourism panel eyes easy visas
Easier visa requirements were recommended to the government Thursday to lift foreign tourism to Japan.
EDITORIALS
Apr 18, 2013
LDP out to undermine Constitution
The LDP seeks to revise Japan's Constitution in ways that run counter to modern principles aimed at preventing the imposition of arbitrary and warlike policy.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / THE FOREIGN ELEMENT
Apr 16, 2013
Mad court rush could brake or bless Abe's vision
As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Cabinet rush to diminish the Bank of Japan's bothersome independence, join the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations (sort of . . .), start pouring lovely, popular concrete before the summer House of Councilors elections and (sotto voce) maybe even amend the Constitution,...
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JAPAN / Politics
Apr 11, 2013
Election campaigning takes to Net
Japan is finally dropping restrictions on the use of the Internet as an election campaign tool in a first step toward sweeping changes to the outdated Public Offices Election law before the Upper House poll slated for July.
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JAPAN
Apr 10, 2013
Hokkaido opposition to TPP surges
On a late March afternoon in central Sapporo's "raccoon trail," a covered shopping arcade, business is particularly brisk. While Honshu's main cities celebrate under the cherry blossoms, several meters of snow remain piled up beside icy sidewalks — with more expected.
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JAPAN
Apr 8, 2013
LDP panel binds TOEFL to degrees
The Test of English as a Foreign Language will be needed to enter public universities and graduate from them if the LDP's educational reforms are formalized.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 5, 2013
To communicate in English, TOEFL is vital: LDP panel
English-language education at public schools should shift in emphasis to verbal communications skills, and for that purpose, universities must adopt the Test of English as a Foreign Language for entrance exams, the head of the Liberal Democratic Party's education reform panel said.
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JAPAN / Politics
Apr 4, 2013
Ex-Olympian Tsukahara aims to run for Upper House
Mitsuo Tsukahara, a gymnast who won multiple Olympic gold medals, said Wednesday he intends to run in the Upper House election this summer as a proportional representation candidate for the Liberal Democratic Party.
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 1, 2013
Election reform now key task for Abe & Co.
Prime Minister Abe may soon face a challenge over the issue of vote-value disparities as the opposition demands swifter, more comprehensive reforms to close the unconstitutional gaps.

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