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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Japan Update: Upper House Elections and Implications for the Abe Administration

Date: July 13, 2016

This event brought together several Sasakawa USA experts for a special Speakers Series event to discuss results of the July 10 House of Councillors elections and what they will mean for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration.

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Japanese public’s unease about U.S.-Japan relationship grows, but so does support for efforts to preserve it

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

A new round of public opinion polls shows that public anxiety about the future of the U.S.-Japan relationship has worsened since Trump was inaugurated on January 20. However, just because the Japanese public expects the relationship to worsen does not mean that voters will not support a bid by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to find common ground with the Trump administration.

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Video: Panel talks Trump administration, U.S.-Japan relations at Wilson Center

Categories: Sasakawa USA Blog

Sasakawa USA Fellow Dr. Jeffrey Hornung had the opportunity to weigh in on how the incoming Donald Trump administration could steer U.S.-Japan relations when he spoke as part of a panel discussion for the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Asia Program. Click through for a full video of the program.

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Niigata voters elect antinuclear governor in blow to Abe’s energy policy

Author: Nippon.com

Categories: Energy and Technology, In-Depth with Nippon.com

Antinuclear candidate Yoneyama Ryuichi won the Niigata gubernatorial contest on October 16, 2016, in a setback to the government’s efforts to restart Tokyo Electric Power’s largest nuclear plant, Kashiwazaki-Kariwa, located in the prefecture.

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