PM Abe’s drive to amend the Constitution: Can he overcome the hurdles?

Author: Takenaka Harukata

Categories: In-Depth with Nippon.com

Prime Minister Abe is aiming to amend the Constitution of Japan by 2020. But support for his administration has declined sharply, and if he insists on pushing ahead with the amendment process according to his intended schedule, he runs the risk of failing both at revising the Constitution and at holding on to power.

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JPP: Impact of new teenage voters uncertain

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

This summer’s House of Councillors (HOC) elections will be the first in which Japan’s eighteen and nineteen year olds can vote. Ahead of this historic vote, the Asahi Shimbun conducted a mail survey of soon-to-be-eligible young voters, seeking to understand how they view Japanese politics and society. In the near term, teenage voters could introduce an element of uncertainty into elections, particularly since the Asahi poll suggests that they could be an especially liberal voting bloc.

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High Court Decisions Augur Long Road to Women’s Equality in Japan

Author: Muta Kazue

Categories: In-Depth with Nippon.com

This column, “High Court Decisions Augur Long Road to Women’s Equality in Japan,” is available through a partnership between Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA and Nippon.com. The article originally was written and published in Japanese on March 3, 2016 and in English on March 24, 2016. For the original posting, click here.   On December 16

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Overhauling Japan’s “Postwar Diplomacy”

Author: Ogoura Kazuo

Categories: In-Depth with Nippon.com

The 70th year of the postwar period was marked by a new war anniversary statement and enactment of new security laws that Japan’s allies welcomed and neighbors criticized. It is time, Ogoura Kazuo argues, for Japan to move beyond “postwar diplomacy” in keeping with changing international realities.

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