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  • Taro Kono starts well as Japan's foreign minister

    JAPAN, 2017/08/15 Foreign Minister Taro Kono made his presence felt on his initial overseas trip since taking the position last week. In fluent English, Kono exchanged opinions with other foreign ministers and distinguished himself on several occasions, inclunding with an off-the-cuff counterargument to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Although Kono has made a solid start, however, the diplomatic arena contains a lot of pending issues — and producing good results will not be easy.
  • Can Koike conquer the capital?

    JAPAN, 2017/06/27 The current assembly is dominated by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its long-time religious ally Komeito. Together, they have maintained a comfortable working majority which has supported, opposed and summarily dismissed the last two Tokyo governors — inclunding pursuing notable pork barrelling. On 2 July the voters of metropolitan Tokyo go to the polls to elect a new prefectural assembly. These elections are usually mild affairs, made duller in recent years by the diminished popularity of the main opposition Democratic Party (DP). Tokyo Governor and chief of Tokyo Citizens Initial party Yuriko Koike waves to voters atop of a campaign van as election campaign officially kicks off for Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election, on the street in Tokyo 23 June 2017. 
  • Japan policymakers to meet on markets, Bernanke to talk with Abe

    JAPAN, 2016/07/10 Senior Japanese policymakers will discuss world market developments on Friday and former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will have talks in Tokyo next week with officials inclunding Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, government sources said. The meetings underscore the concern government officials have about damage that the recent market rout, triggered by the Brexit vote, could inflict on Japan's fragile economic recovery. Officials from the Ministry of Finance, Financial Services Agency and the Bank of Japan will meet Friday at 9:30 a.m. (0030 GMT) to exchange views inclunding on how the government should respond to the yen's appreciation, the sources said.
  • More of the same from Japanese polls next weekend

    JAPAN, 2016/07/05
  • Japan’s security policy has taken a significant turn

    JAPAN, 2013/07/20 Japan’s security policy has taken a significant turn since the Liberal Democratic Party, headed by Shinzō Abe, won the lower home election in December 2012. There have been three notable changes. Initial, the government has departed from its policy of ‘appeasing’ China at the same time as Abe stated that, in response to the data the government received about the presence of eight Chinese vessels near the Senkaku Islands on 23 June, Japan would be prepared to use force. Second, the government is working on rebuilding trust with the United States, which had weakened during the period of DPJ policy, and is receiving support from Washington on the Senkaku/Diaoyu territorial disputes. During a conference between President Obama and Prime Minister Abe on 22 February, it was reported that Obama stated that it is China that ‘increases tension around the Senkaku Islands’. It should be noted that Obama used only the Japanese name (Senkaku), not the Chinese one (Diaoyu).
  • Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

    JAPAN, 2013/02/25 Japan's government is likely to nominate Asian Development Bank President Haruhiko Kuroda, an advocate of aggressive monetary easing, as its next central bank governor. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is as well seen filling one of two deputy governor posts with Kikuo Iwata, an academic critical of Bank of Japan policy and an advocate of unorthodox monetary easing steps, the Nikkei newspaper reported.