Japanese voters happy with government stability, not looking for change

Author: Quartz

Categories: In the News, Sasakawa USA Blog

Despite domestic concerns about economic growth and labor reform, Prime Minister Abe’s relatively long term has given Japanese citizens a sense of stability, says Sasakawa USA Fellow Tobias Harris in a recent Quartz article. This is particularly true at a time when other advanced democracies, such as the United States and South Korea, are facing shake-ups, and as North Korea continues to threaten Japan’s security.

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First polls after Trump’s victory show uneasy Japanese public

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

As the Japanese government scrambles to react to Donald Trump’s upset victory in the November 8 United States presidential election—and with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expected to be the first world leader to meet with Trump this Thursday, November 17—new opinion polls suggest the Japanese public is uneasy about the impact of the election on the U.S.-Japan relationship.

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Rodrigo Duterte, in Japan, calls for U.S. troops to exit Philippines in two years

Author: The New York Times

Categories: In the News

Although President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines is voicing his desire to remove American troops from the country, American allies in Japan who are hosting Duterte this week are in a position to possibly influence that mindset, Sasakawa USA’s Dr. Jeffrey Hornung said in a New York Times article on October 26.

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Abe’s nuclear Japan goals face more ballot-box battles in 2017

Author: Bloomberg

Categories: Energy and Technology, In the News

The process of restarting nuclear reactors in Japan may be slowed by the anti-nuclear, which has seen wins from gubernatorial candidates in Niigata and Kagoshima prefectures in the past few months, Sasakawa USA’s Tobias Harris said in an October 18 article by Bloomberg.

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Decommissioning Monju: Japan’s energy conundrum

Author: Dr. Phyllis Yoshida

Categories: Energy and Technology, Sasakawa USA Blog

The Japanese Cabinet last week approved the decommissioning of the Monju nuclear reactor in Fukui Prefecture. Meanwhile, the Cabinet also announced a commitment to developing fast reactors and nuclear energy. Sasakawa USA’s Dr. Phyllis Yoshida explains the conundrum.

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