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October 25, 2017

Election Dissection: What Happened When Japan Went to the Polls

Now that the election vans have stopped blaring candidate’s names, the ballots have been cast and the results are in — what can Japan expect from a resurgent Shinzo Abe and his cronies?

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October 20, 2017

Oh Snap! Another Japan Election

Ready or not, it’s ballot time again in Japan.

September 26, 2017

North Korea: Dispelling the Fear of Nuclear Threat For Japan

With “Rocket Man” building nuclear bombs, Trump threatening to “destroy” North Korea and Japan caught in the middle, are you worried? Here’s some insight that might help dispel the fear.

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July 19, 2017

What Happened For Abe At The G20 Summit

Shinzo Abe is preparing himself for a new era in Asian politics — one in which regional, not international, alliances will be the key to success. His Group of 20 discussions with world leaders reflected much of that.

June 14, 2017

Birds of Paradise: What Happened When Abe Met Duterte

As Abe pivots from trade agreement issues with the West, he looks to shore up support a little closer to home with an unexpected ally.

5 Things to Know About Akie Abe
May 6, 2017

5 Things to Know About Japan’s Fiery First Lady, Akie Abe

We must not look at Akie Abe as just her husband’s wife.

April 6, 2017

The Saudi King and I: What Happened When Salman met Shinzo

Now that’s what you call an entrance.

March 6, 2017

What Trump’s Rejection of the TPP Means for Japan

Did a 19-second handshake manage to soften the blow?

February 4, 2017

The Onsen Summit: What Happened When Putin Met Abe?

What happens in the hot spring stays in the hot spring. But here’s what we know.

January 28, 2017

Reforming Aging Japan: 3 Young Politicians to Watch

It’s clear that Japan needs radical social reform in the face of its aging population. These three up-and-coming politicians are banding together to do something about it.

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January 18, 2017

High Stakes for Japan: The New Casino Bill Explained

The government recently approved a bill to legalize casinos in Japan after years of debate. Here’s a brief lowdown of what you need to know.

December 28, 2016

Women in Japanese Government: 3 Rising Politicians to Know

Who run the world? Girls. Will they be running Japan? Maybe.

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