Koike Challenges Tokyo’s LDP, Creating a New Kind of Opposition Politics

Less than 6 months since her sweeping victory in the Tokyo gubernatorial election, Yuriko Koike has not only cemented her popularity with the capital’s residents with her uncompromising approach to revealing corruption and graft in some of the city’s biggest and most expensive public projects; she has also positioned herself as a powerful figure in […]

Targeted Elections: What the U.S. Election Teaches Us about Disinformation Campaigns

A November 8, 2016, a chill went through the democratic world. A combination of disinformation, propaganda, and targeted leaks narrowly elevated Donald Trump to president of the United States. But it immediately became clear that the forces assisting him in his victory were not only powerful, but also intent on taking down the Western liberal […]

Killing the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg? The Anti-Conspiracy Bill and the Future of the LDP-Komeito Coalition

The shadow of Trump looms large over 2017’s first session of the Diet, a 150-day ordinary session which kicked off on January 20th just hours before the new president was inaugurated in Washington. The Abe administration’s struggle to come to grips with the unpredictability and instability of Trump and his policies will dominate domestic headlines […]

Editorial: Trump’s Bullying of Toyota Is an Ominous Sign

President-elect Donald Trump has been rallying against American corporations that dare to move their production facilities overseas, and now he’s directing his rants against Toyota and its plans to build a new plant in Mexico.   What distinguishes this kind of tactic from the selective economic policies that he criticizes China for so vehemently?   […]

Lee Teng-hui: Japan “Must make constitutional reform a reality”

In an exclusive interview with the Sankei Shimbun, former Taiwanese president Lee Teng-hui expressed his opinion that Japan would have a bigger role to play in the Asia-Pacific region after Republican candidate Donald Trump’s victory in the United States presidential election. Responding to Trump’s victory, he said, “We hear that Trump is an isolationist. If […]

Lee Teng-hui: “I had high hopes for Tsai Ing-wen”

In an exclusive interview with Sankei Shimbun, former president of Taiwan Lee Teng-hui offered his thoughts on Donald Trump’s election, how Japan and Taiwan should respond to Trump’s upcoming presidency, and his evaluation of President Tsai Ing-wen’s administration to this point. Lee became president in 1988 following the death of President Chiang Ching-kuo and held […]

Putin Is No Strongman: He’s Leading Russia into Ruin

It’s no surprise that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to make nice with Vladimir Putin later this week. The Russian president sure does look like a winner these days. Of course, there’s the obvious: In just two months, the United States—Moscow’s main competitor on the world stage—will be led by an incompetent demagogue whose […]