Brittney Washington, Program Assistant for Sasakawa USA, and Kangkyu “David” Lee, former Program Assistant for Sasakawa USA, have published an article in Japan Today about the Japan Self-Defense Forces, and Japanese PM Abe’s efforts to constitutionally redefine Japan’s national defense strategy.
“On paper,” writes Fellow for Economy, Trade, and Business Tobias Harris in an October 25 op-ed for New Republic, “it looks like Japan’s October 22 general election was more of the same.” Despite the successes of the October 22 election for the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito, says Harris, this election may be a turning point for Japan.
“Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike upstaged Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by announcing that she would lead her newly created Party of Hope in the snap election that Abe announced later that same day,” wrote Sasakawa USA’s Tobias Harris in an opinion piece published by Foreign Affairs. Nonetheless, he continues, the Party of Hope eventually fizzled.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has repeatedly shown a willingness to take calculated risks to advance his goals. Now he is preparing to run his greatest risk yet — a snap election scheduled for Oct. 22 — that Abe is calling not from a position of strength, but his opponents’ position of weakness,