Author: Tobias Harris
Categories: Japan Political Pulse
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, fresh off his successful bid for a third term as leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in the September 20, 2018, party election, announced a new lineup for his cabinet and for the LDP’s leadership on October 2, 2018. Three polls conducted October 2-3, after the reshuffle, found that the public’s reaction to the new cabinet was lukewarm at best.
Author: Maria Shagina
Categories: Sasakawa USA Forum
Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 15
Japan’s symbolic sanctions towards Russia after its annexation of Crimea and the ensuring crisis in Eastern Ukraine allowed the country to balance between the West and Russia in the short run, but they may be counterproductive for Japan’s territorial negotiations with Russia and the effectiveness of Western sanctions in the long run.
Tobias Harris, Sasakawa USA Fellow for Business, Economy and Trade, was joined by Prof. Toshihiro Nakayama, Japan Fellow at the Wilson Center, for a September 21, 2018, policy lunch talk on the Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) presidential elections held the previous day. The discussion was moderated by Sayuri Romei, Sasakawa USA’s Associate Fellow for Security and Foreign Affairs.
Admiral Dennis Blair, Chairman of Sasakawa USA, was quoted in The Economist on September 6. Blair’s comments were published in, “Japan is worried about its alliance with America,” which examines the current state of the U.S.-Japan alliance.
Sasakawa USA hosted Mr. Katsuyuki Kawai, Liberal Democratic Party Diet member and Special Advisor for Foreign Affairs to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on July 2, 2018, for a speech and discussion entitled “U.S.-North Korea Summit from Japan’s Point of View: Big Shockwaves from A Small Singapore Island.” Sasakawa USA Associate Fellow for Security and Foreign Affairs, Sayuri Romei, introduced Kawai and moderated the discussion section of his visit.