Can laws control Japan’s hate epidemic?

Author: Furuya Tsunehira

Categories: In-Depth with Nippon.com

On May 24, the National Diet finally took action to stem Japan’s rising tide of racism and xenophobia with the nation’s first law targeting hate speech. Author Furuya Tsunehira assesses the impact and limitations of this legislation and the challenges that remain if Japan is to control the pestilence in advance of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Climate Politics in Japan

Author: Ken Sofer

Categories: Sasakawa USA Forum

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 1

The 2015 Paris climate agreement was a significant achievement in international efforts against climate change, but the agreement’s success will depend heavily on the domestic politics of major emitters such as Japan and the United States. As the agreement enters the implementation phase, it is crucial for U.S. policymakers to understand the roles, interests, and relative power of the numerous political actors in Japan’s climate policy process.

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Rebranding the DPJ: Old Wine in a New Bottle?

Author: Nippon.com

Categories: In-Depth with Nippon.com

This data analysis, “Rebranding the DPJ: Old Wine in a New Bottle?,” is available through a partnership between Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA and Nippon.com. The article originally was written and published on March 28, 2016. For the original posting, click here.   Seeking to improve their electoral fortunes, the Democratic Party of Japan and Japan

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JPP: Abe remains strong ahead of major decisions

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is entering a critical period in the life of his government, with several important decisions and actions coming within the next few months. The good news for him is that opinion polls suggest he is entering this period in a position of strength.

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JPP: Abe government’s approval ratings stabilize, but public still cool towards policies

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

New polls from NHK and the Asahi Shimbun show that the Abe government’s support remains stable despite the public’s negative attitudes regarding the government’s policies. If anything, support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is strengthening.

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