Public remains undecided on constitutional revision

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse, Sasakawa USA Blog

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe indicated that he would prioritize the revision of Japan’s constitution by 2020, reordering the political agenda and staking his government on the pursuit of the prime minister’s longtime goal. Yet, the need to win a referendum means that public opinion will cast a shadow over the entire process

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Abe’s poll numbers slide with the Moritomo Gakuen scandal

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s approval ratings in the latest Yomiuri Shimbun poll have fallen suddenly by ten percent in the midst of a scandal that has dominated headlines and parliamentary debate.

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Fiscal Concerns Grow as Abe Again Postpones Consumption Tax Hike


Categories: In-Depth with

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō announced on June 1 that he would postpone raising the consumption tax from 8% to 10% until October 2019. The decision marks the second time for Abe to delay the hike, putting it a full four years later than planned. During the press conference announcing the postponement Abe pointed to risks to the world economy from such factors as a slowdown in emerging and developing economies, saying his decision was necessary to prevent a drop in domestic demand.

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Kerry’s visit to Hiroshima shows strength of U.S.-Japan alliance

Author: Mainichi Shimbun

Categories: In the News

[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”Dr. Jeffrey Hornung, Sasakawa USA” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] Having a high-ranking representative visit the site of terrible tragedy between two former enemies in order to pay his respects demonstrates to the world how close the allies have become.   [/perfectpullquote]   U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit this week to Hiroshima’s

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