Behind Xi Jinping ‘Smiling Diplomacy’ Is a Strategy to Stop the Revision of Japan’s Constitution

  On his trip to Da Nang in central Vietnam, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the evening of November 11th, with both leaders vowing to further improve relations between their countries. The Prime Minister called for China to play a greater role in efforts to exert maximum pressure on North […]

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 […]