Tag Archives: Shinzo Abe

Asia’s Other Nuclear Standoff

With the world focused on the scary possibility of war on the Korean Peninsula, not many people paid much attention to a series of naval exercises this past July in the Malacca Strait, a 550-mile long passage between Sumatra and Malaysia through which pass over 50,000 ships a year.   With President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un …

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Japan Courts Russia at Sochi Summit

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to travel to Russia in spite of US warnings, and to propose a new level of economic cooperation, may prove to be an important step in pursuing a stronger long-term relationship with Russia.

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Northeast Asia’s Dysfunctional Diplomacy

Anyone who follows the politics of Northeast Asia must be wondering whether things may finally be about to change for the better. Not only have the leaders of the region’s big three — China, Japan and South Korea — recently held much delayed talks, but the presidents of China and Taiwan have finally had a face-to-face meeting as well. Does …

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Redefining Japan’s Asia Diplomacy

Japan, along with the rest of Asia, must seize anew the opportunity to join in shaping the future of the regional architecture. During the lost decades, Japan’s Achilles heel was its inability to see the bigger picture. Japan must now ‘think big’ and engage multilaterally for the Asian regional order.

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Where is the Opposition After Japan’s s Status Quo Elections?

The victory of political status quo in Japan’s recent elections just reaffirmed the predominance of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and the opposition parties’ collective weakness.

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Snap Election Belies Japan’s Weak Politics

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party may be cruising towards a victory in the 14 December snap election. But it does not reflect an endorsement of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Instead, the likely result shows just how weak Japanese politics has become.

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Why ‘Womenomics’ is the Way Forward for Japan

As Japan’s labor force is already in decline, it is wasteful that women, and particularly those who have a higher education, have been underutilized. To address this, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has set a target to increase the ratio of female managers to over 30 per cent by 2020. In response, several large firms have set similar numerical targets.

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Nationalism, N. Power and Japans Fragile Media Opposition

Japan’s big media companies were criticized after the Fukushima incident for underreporting the risks associated with nuclear power. This triggered a surge in investigative journalism. The real issue underpinning Japan’s media wars seems to be whether news media that criticizes the government can publish freely in an increasingly nationalistic climate. The answer remains to be seen.

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Japan’s Constitutional Dilemma in a Changing Northeast Asia

Japan’s ‘defenseless on all sides’ security strategy has served it well through the post-war period, underwritten as it has been by America’s security guarantee and continuing presence on Japanese soil. Despite the steady accretion of its military capabilities, the ‘peace’ constitution allayed anxieties within Japan’s neighbors, China, South Korea and the newly independent Southeast Asian nations, about Japanese military intentions. Even …

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