The Emperor’s Abdication: Proposed Legislation Must Give Priority to Tradition

  A select committee of government officials has presented to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe its final report on the issue of the Emperor’s abdication. The report supports the drafting of a special, one-time-only legislation that would allow the reigning emperor to abdicate to his successor only on this particular occasion. It calls for the current […]

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 […]

After Trump’s First 100 Days, Republicans Better Show ‘Policy Improvements’

U.S. President Donald Trump appears on stage at a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. April 29, 2017.   REUTERS   Dan Schneider, executive director of the the American Conservative Union, answers the question, “How is United States President Donald Trump doing?” past the mark that media and the public consider as their honeymoon period with any […]

Reconstruction Chief Imamura Resigns; Tohoku Gaffe “absolutely inexcusable,” says PM Abe

Reconstruction Minister Masahiro Imamura submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the morning of Wednesday, April 26, one day after causing an uproar with his statement about the 2011 East Japan earthquake.   “Good thing that the [2011 earthquake-tsunami] disaster hit the Tohoku region,” Imamura had said. “If it had happened closer to […]

Constitution Needs Review Amid North Korean Threat, But Diet is Busy with Other Things

Since the inauguration of the government’s second administration, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has met five times with a certain civilian to exchange opinions on international affairs, dining together at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence and so forth. The civilian in question is Edward N. Luttwak, senior associate at the major think tank, Center for Strategic […]