Can laws control Japan’s hate epidemic?

Author: Furuya Tsunehira

Categories: In-Depth with

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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Post-reshuffle polls show public generally supports new cabinet, but with reservations

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Three polls conducted after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffled his cabinet and the Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) leadership team on August 3 show that while the cabinet did not receive a bump in support after the reshuffle, the public generally approves of Abe’s decisions.

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Koike Yuriko Named Tokyo’s First Female Governor


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On July 31, 2016, former Minister of Defense Koike Yuriko was elected as the new governor of Tokyo. Running as an independent candidate, she defeated Masuda Hiroya, the former minister of internal affairs and communications who was endorsed ahead of her by the ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and Kōmeitō. Koike becomes the first female governor of Tokyo and the ninth person to hold the position in the postwar era. In winning the gubernatorial contest, she will be the international face of the Japanese capital in the lead-up to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

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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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