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The result of Japan’s general election this month could see the return of former prime minister, Shinzo Abe. But while his traditional approach attracts those who believe he can restore the Japanese economy to its glory days of the 1970s and 1980s, many believe he lacks the vision and new thinking needed to bring Japan into the 21st century.
Dr. Stefan Lippert
Japan is beset with an array of economic problems but as yet none of the political groupings has set out a clear vision of how to tackle them. The second in the series on the forthcoming elections on December 16 looks at the platforms of each of the two main parties, the Democratic Party of Japan and the Liberal Democratic Party.
Japan goes to the polls on December 16, but as yet no one political grouping is emerging as a strong favourite. The first in a series on the election looks at why the existing government has failed to make good on its promise of change.
PRIME Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s decision to dissolve the Lower House of parliament ...
Osaka mayor Toru Hashimoto is shaking up national politics in Japan with formal recognition of his new party. He could have a dramatic impact on the next general election and may hold the balance of power. This briefing outlines three possible scenarios following the election which must be called between November 2012 and August 2013.
Veteran politician Ichiro Ozawa – the powerbroker of Japanese politics who helped create election victory for Japan’s governing party - has formed a rival group. Now he is determined to oust the prime minister for breaking election promises over tax rises. He wants to form a populist alliance with the mayors from Osaka and Tokyo. But the new-look party lacks a visi...