Tokyo Elects First Woman Governor by Landslide Over Abe Pick

Author: Bloomberg & USA Today

Categories: In the News

Former environment minister Yuriko Koike will have the spotlight more than any previous woman in Japanese politics after Tokyo elected her on Sunday as the prefecture’s first female governor, Sasakawa USA’s Tobias Harris said in a Bloomberg article reporting on the election.

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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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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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Constitutional revision still not a sure bet despite LDP wins

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: In the News

While Japan’s ruling coalition secured victory in key parliamentary elections Sunday, that doesn’t mean constitutional revision will be an easy win for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Sasakawa USA’s Tobias Harris explained in several media outlets following the election. According to an article by Kirk Spitzer in USA Today, “Sunday’s vote was a ‘solid victory, as

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President Obama’s Hiroshima Visit: How it Happened and Why No Apology was Expected in Japan

Author: Tomohiko Taniguchi

Categories: View from Tokyo: Tomo Taniguchi's Take

On May 27, 2016 in Hiroshima, Japan, President Barack Obama delivered one of his best speeches ever, crafted and delivered so masterfully that it will likely leave a lasting legacy. In Hiroshima he towered above any politicking, which can easily get nasty in our less-than-ideal world, especially in an election year. What was behind his visit to Hiroshima? In retrospect many actions and events—some planned, some not—merged to pave the way for President Obama to fulfill his wish to visit Hiroshima while in office.

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