Clashes, Crises and Confusion: Japanese Politics at a Crossroads
The general election in Japan on August 30 resulted in a new coalition government formed by three former opposition parties. Focusing both on the short-term task of compil¬ing the national budget, and on the long-term task of reforming the political decision-making system, Prime Minister Hatoyama Yukio was soon to realize that his party’s ambitions to institute “real reforms” was an evasive goal. The rigidities and restrictions the new government is encountering are formidable and the prospects of success are unsure, notwithstanding that the mandate handed to the new government is strong.
Kishida in Cambodia: Seeking Regional Consensus Amid the China Threat?
Last of a two part series on Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s travel to India and Cambodia in March 2022. This article is part of the [Asia’s Next Page] series on JAPAN […]
North Korean Nationalism: Reading the Paleolithic Text
North Korea, after over seven decades since establishment, continues to be poorly understood. The paucity of knowledge regarding the country is not only a matter of the lack of access […]
Xi Jinping’s Anti-corruption Struggle: Eight Years On
Abstract Combating corruption has been an enduring priority for Chinese leaders who consider it crucial to safeguarding party-state legitimacy. Yet, despite repeated crackdowns over the past few decades, corruption is […]