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Japan

Shinzo Abe’s fall from grace: of his own making

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Crucial to Shinzo Abe’s control over his ruling party has been a string of electoral victories under his leadership and his cabinet’s consistently high poll ratings. Both now look increasingly in doubt After a dream run as Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe’s current political predicament must come as quite a shock. Plummeting poll ratings […]

Japan, Japan - Australia relations

Shouting at Japan won’t stop Antarctic whaling

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Protests against Japanese whaling in the Antarctic Ocean are counterproductive and strengthen Japan’s resolve to continue its operations, argues Ishii Atsushi On 31 March 2017 Japanese whaling ships returned home after a four-and-a-half month whaling operation in the Antarctic during the Austral summer, catching 333 minke whales based on Japan’s newly implemented scientific whale research […]

Gender and sexuality, Japan

Women storm bastions of male political power in Japan

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Japan’s mainstream voters show they are not averse to voting women into power On 15 September, the political glass ceiling in Japan received another dent when the main political opposition party, the Democratic Party (DP), elected Renho as its leader. This comes very soon after another significant milestone for women in politics was passed when […]

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Hiroshima storytellers keep A-bomb memories alive

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The stories of Hiroshima survivors offer some healing and some hope To walk the halls of Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Museum is to trace humanity at its worst—and its best. In this place of human shadows etched onto stone are too many reminders of the too many victims of the world’s first nuclear bomb used in […]

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Japan deepens its engagement of Africa

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Against the backdrop of China and India’s rise, Japan looks to Africa to help assert its position in a contested regional order Africa is becoming a new strategic playground for Asian nations, especially Japan, China and India. While China and India are relatively new to the contemporary African game, Japan’s engagement of postcolonial Africa has […]

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Will Japan’s lowered voting age reverse decreasing voter turnouts ?

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 Japan’s recent Upper House elections had special significance—it was the first time 18 and 19-year-olds were allowed to vote For the first time in a Japanese national election, 18 and 19-year-olds voted on 10 July 2016 in the 24th Upper House election, which saw the Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Kōmeito, returned with […]