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Fundraising loopholes, a political norm

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Jul 15, 2017

Fundraising loopholes, a political norm

by Philip Brasor

The Liberal Democratic Party lost a large number of seats to Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's upstart Tomin First Party in the Tokyo assembly election. Media surveys reveal that the public is dismayed by recent scandals involving the LDP, in particular the one surrounding educational ...

Is Japan slipping into prewar politics?

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Jun 3, 2017

Is Japan slipping into prewar politics?

by Michael Hoffman

"The recent flurry of legislation, including a proposed anti-conspiracy amendment to the organized crime law, recalls prewar Japan," Kobe University criminal law scholar Hirofumi Uchida told the Asahi Shimbun in an interview in March. "Prewar Japan" is a pregnant phrase. It suggests militarist fascism. The ...

Editorials Mar 8, 2017

What Abe's LDP dominance portends

A lack of any signficant rivalry to Abe seems to reflect the dearth of viable next-generation leaders — a problem that could haunt the party in coming years