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Shinzo Abe Gets Fresh Wind in his Sails

This has been a tough summer for Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. His public approval polling numbers took a dive as tens of thousands besieged parliament to protest passage of a pair of security bills allowi...
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Japan’s Security Pact: Long Hot Summer

During his spring visit to the United States, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stood in the well of the House of Representatives and promised: “I will pass national security legislation by the end of summer....
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US-Japan Alliance Revitalized

The new Guidelines for the US-Japan Defense Cooperation represent the most sweeping changes in the US-Japan alliance in the 55 years since the mutual security treaty was signed in 1960. Indeed, it is possible now to write about the alliance without putting the...
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Grading Abenomics: It’s a C-

Two years have passed since Shinzo Abe returned as prime minister of Japan and implemented a new economic policy that was quickly dubbed “Abenomics.” Enough time has passed to give a preliminary assessment of w...
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Shinzo Abe’s Women Troubles II

In an effort to burnish his avowed policy of empowering women, sometimes known as “womenomics,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appointed five women to his cabinet in his September 3 re-shuffle. It is not the most...
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Womenomics in Japan

“Womenomics” is a key pillar of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic growth strategy. In 2013, just 64 percent of Japanese women aged 15–64 were participating in the labor force — a low rate by OECD standards.  As Japan’s labor force is already in decline, ...
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The Death of the TPP

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s speech at the opening of parliament last week contained a notable omission – any reference to Japan’s joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. That seems likely f...
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Modi Embraces Abe

The unprecedented warm hug between India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe when they met in Japan’s ancient capital Kyoto sent strong diplomatic signals across the region...
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New Asia-Pacific Collective Defense Needed

This year’s annual Shangri-La Dialogue, held by the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Singapore, features Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as its keynote speaker. Perhaps not surprisingly, the summit will feature discussions on conflict manage...
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Japan and the South China Sea Conflict

Imagine this scenario: China decides to erect another offshore oil digging rig this time in waters in the South China Sea claimed by the Philippines. It surrounds the rig with numerous coast guard vessels. Mani...