New opposition parties still lagging behind the LDP—but many voters undecided

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

With four days until the campaign for Japan’s October 22 general election officially begins, the outlook for the vote is still extremely fluid. Polls show significant numbers of undecided voters, but also suggest that Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike’s newly formed Party of Hope is struggling to connect with independent voters.

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Japan Political Pulse data used in Vox article

Categories: In the News

Sasakawa USA’s Japan Political Pulse, a project by Fellow for Economy, Trade and Business Tobias Harris that aggregates major opinion polls conducted by Japanese media outlets, was utilized in a September 28 article on Vox about the stakes of the upcoming October 22 snap election recently called by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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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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Social attitudes survey finds broad satisfaction, but concerns on economic opportunity and security

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Newly released results from a social consciousness survey in Japan found a high degree of satisfaction about Japanese society overall, but also found anxiety about both Japan’s position internationally and the economic opportunities available to younger Japanese.

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