After Landslide Victory, Abe Has To Deliver on Dealing with North Korean Crisis

  With the landslide election victory by the mainly-Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)-Komeito coalition, the foundation has been laid for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to continue his medium- to long-term strategy.   Some analysts have said that the LDP win was due to the divided opposition. However, the bigger reason is probably voters’ judgment that only […]

Japan’s Biggest Challenge: Urgently Amending the Constitution

The Japan’s Diet was open to public on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 as Japan marks the 70th anniversary of the coming into force of its post-war Constitution . (Photo by  Masamichi Kirihara)     “The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will launch full-fledged new nation-building efforts along with the people,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in his New Year statement […]

Time to Stop Opposing the Anti-Terror Bills for the Sake of Opposition

The Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s Democratic Party, and other organizations have taken a firm position against legislation necessary for Japan to accede to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.   It is uncertain how U.S. President Donald Trump’s military attack on Syria, as well as China’s expansionism, North Korean threats, and South Korea’s coming […]