With the July 21 Upper House elections handing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a solid majority in both chambers of Parliament, the ruling coalition has a serious opportunity to implement Abe’s ambitious economic reform initiatives. Though there are many politically unpopular obstacles standing in the way of such reform, this victory is an endorsement of the Liberal Democratic Party’s “Abenomics” agenda and represents one of the first major shifts in Japanese politics since 2007. For ongoing coverage and analysis on Japanese domestic politics, keep updated by AEI’s foreign and defense policy scholars.
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Big news this week in Asia: Japanese leader Shinzo Abe and South Korean leader Park Geun-hye ended their 15-month estrangement . That this first meeting was so significant reveals how dysfunctional relations are between Tokyo and Seoul. The beneficiary of this state of affairs is China.
The economic and geopolitical interests of the U.S. are far better aligned with Japan's goals than with China's. Now Japan is at an important turning point, and Washington needs to take notice.
World War II has been over for nearly 70 years, at least two full generations. A new, forward-looking generation...
Security in Asia remains based on our alliances, which for the past half-century have been focused on a handful of key nations, Japan and South Korea preeminent among them.
The United States and Japan should make pledges to protect each other's interests in the event of conflict. This rearticulated US-Japan alliance need not threaten China, but rather serve as a reminder that actions to advance Chinese interests at the expense of US-Japan interests will not be tolerated.
While East Asia and Washington have focused in recent weeks on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's controversial visit to the Yasukuni Shrine, his critics have missed the successful strategic game that he is playing.
Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe (pronounced “Ah-bay”) has just visited Yasukuni Shrine, Ground Zero for political controversy with China and Seoul. In doing so, he has all but acknowledged that a cold war exists between Japan and its northeast-Asian neighbors China and South Korea.