Lower House Passes Anti-Terror Bill, and It’s Criticism for the Sake of Criticism All Over Again

The Lower House of Representatives passed on May 23 the government’s Revised Organized Crime Punishment Law, which includes the provision of a new “anti-terror law,” with members of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the Komeito Party providing the majority vote.   Opposition parties, such as the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and the Japanese […]

Eagles, Bedrooms, and Bean Soup: The Abe-Duterte Summit

The Philippines was chosen as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s first foreign destination this year. This was already the third time in six months that the Prime Minister has met with President Rodrigo Duterte. This time, the closeness between the two leaders was particularly striking and Prime Minister Abe was warmly welcomed by Duterte as the […]