Opinion: New Law is the First Step Toward Tackling a Terror Attack Against 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The international community has a variety of legal means at its disposal—such as the United Nations Convention on Transnational Organized Crime—for eradicating terrorist organizations. It is clear that the anti-terror bill is necessary if Japan is going to play a role as a member of the international community.   There are some who are drawing […]

Trump’s Presidency and the Revenge of the Swamp

“Drain the Swamp” is a clarion call repeatedly issued by U.S. president Donald Trump on his campaign trail all the way to the White House. This ambitious slogan aims to eliminate Washington’s existing political interests and puts Trump on an inevitable collision course with the Beltway’s gargantuan state machinery. Given the revolutionary nature of Trump’s […]

The Families of the Abducted: An Ultimatum and an Idea

The Association of the Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea and the National Association for the Rescue of Japanese Kidnapped by North Korea held a joint meeting in Tokyo on February 19. At the meeting they adopted a new policy for their movement, calling for the government to prioritize the situation of Japanese abductees […]

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 […]