Studies in Contrast: Abe’s Popular Mandate, Xi Jinping’s Monopoly of Power

  Democracies around the world have commonalities in terms of their approach and consequent connection with the masses or the electorate. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is the latest case in point, as he secured a decisive and resounding mandate in Japan’s general election. Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its second-fiddle coalition partner, Komeito, have secured […]

In Moon Jae-in’s South Korea, Author of Comfort Women Book Adjudged Guilty

  During the 1990s, iron spikes caused a surprising increase of anti-Japanese sentiment among the South Korean people. These spikes were accidentally discovered on top of the mountains encircling Seoul. A rumor then quickly spread that, during the colonial period, Japanese imperialists had driven these spikes into the mountains to destroy the spirit of the Korean people.   […]

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 […]

Fresh From Election Victory, Will Shinzo Abe Get People’s Support for Constitutional Revision?

  Good fortune continues to be with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. In the 48th election for the House of Representatives, the Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito once again scored major victories. No other LDP prime minister has presided over three victorious elections for the House of Representatives and two for the House […]