Japan’s Politics in 2018: Prospects for Abe’s Constitutional Revision Agenda?

Author: Takahashi Masamitsu

Categories: In-Depth with Nippon.com, Sasakawa USA Blog

Prime Minister Abe is seen as likely to win reelection as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party this September, enabling him to lead Japan for another three years. He is eager to get Japan’s post–World War II Constitution amended for the first time, but accomplishing this will be a major challenge.

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Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike decides against run for parliament

Categories: In the News, Sasakawa USA Blog

With just a couple of weeks left before the October 22 parliamentary elections in Japan, competition between Prime Minister Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike’s Party of Hope is starting to flag. Sasakawa USA Fellow Tobias Harris comments on this trend in recent articles published by the Washington Post and the Japan Times.

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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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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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