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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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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Diet members welcomed to Capitol Hill at reception

Categories: Sasakawa USA Blog

On May 3, 2016, Sasakawa USA took part in a reception at the U.S. Capitol welcoming members of Japan’s National Diet, who were visiting Washington, D.C. during Japan’s Golden Week. The reception, hosted by organizations that foster a strong U.S.-Japan relationship through legislative exchanges, celebrated the strength of the U.S.-Japan relationship. The reception was packed

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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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