Abe’s comeback and the outlook for a general election

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Given Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s current status — recovering approval ratings, high marks for his handling of a serious foreign policy crisis, with an established opposition party in seemingly terminal decline, and a new opposition party scrambling to prepare for an election — the political logic of a snap election is indisputable. This analysis takes an in-depth look at public opinion polls on Abe and what they reveal about the coming election.

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First polls after Trump’s victory show uneasy Japanese public

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

As the Japanese government scrambles to react to Donald Trump’s upset victory in the November 8 United States presidential election—and with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expected to be the first world leader to meet with Trump this Thursday, November 17—new opinion polls suggest the Japanese public is uneasy about the impact of the election on the U.S.-Japan relationship.

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Retired SDF officers counter Trump’s remarks on security ties

Author: Asahi Shimbun & Sankei Shimbun

Categories: In the News

Japan’s self-defense forces play a large role in sustaining and enhancing the U.S.-Japan alliance, several SDF officers and others explained at a July 30 conference co-hosted by Sasakawa USA and the PHP Institute that recently was featured in articles in The Asahi Shimbun and Sankei Shimbun.

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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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Third Annual Security Forum: Concerns about presidential candidates draw media reports

Categories: In the News, Sasakawa USA Blog

Sasakawa USA’s Annual Security Forum last week gained the attention of many American and international media outlets after speakers raised criticisms of prospective U.S. nominees for president. Japan’s former defense minister Satoshi Morimoto, Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae, and senior Japanese Minister Shigeru Ishiba (pictured at right) all took stances against disparaging remarks made by candidate Donald Trump,

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