The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Japanese Perspective

Author: Kayo Matsumoto

Categories: Sasakawa USA Forum

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 5

The “Abenomics Acceleration Diet” opened in September with passage of the TPP as one of their goals. Will TPP be ratified in this Diet session? It is difficult to predict, but the Abe administration has made TPP and passage of its implementing bills a high priority. The Diet debate will surely be heated, and among the contentious issues will not only be TPP’s impact on Japan and its agriculture industry but also the status of ratification in the United States.

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JPP: Government quality-of-life survey shows Japanese citizens largely satisfied, except, perhaps, about incomes

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Japan’s cabinet secretariat conducts an annual large-scale survey to assess what individuals think of their quality of life. The survey provides a useful snapshot of the context in which the government conducts economic policymaking. It asks citizens to identify the extent to which they are content with pocketbook issues — their incomes and savings — and more abstract concepts like leisure time and opportunities for self-improvement.

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JPP: Abe’s support still rests on lack of alternatives; public remains ambivalent about policies

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Japan’s House of Councillors  elections are over, resulting in an impressive victory for the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)-Komeito coalition, which now has 147 seats in the 242-seat HOC. However, despite headlines that proclaimed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government won a landslide victory on July 10, opinion polls conducted after the elections suggest that the vote did not fundamentally alter public opinion regarding the Abe administration and its policies.

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JPP: Opposition parties aim for independent voters as campaign season officially begins

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

The last round of polling before the campaign for Japan’s July 10 House of Councillors (HOC) elections officially began today shows that the Abe administration and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) continue to hold a commanding lead that could position them for a significant, if not overwhelming victory. But a number of independents are still undecided, and dissatisfaction with the Abe administration’s economic policies continues to run high, suggesting that there is room for the Democratic Party (DP) to gain at the government’s expense.

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JPP: Abe support strengthens despite ongoing economic dissatisfaction

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s position continues to strengthen, according to recent polls by Kyodo News and the Nikkei. In both cases, it appears that undecided voters may be making up their minds.

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