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February 5, 2024   The largest faction within Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party was destined to be disbanded. This is because the Abe faction, officially known as the Seiwa Policy Study Group,...

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January 22, 2024   Prime Minister Fumio Kishida who doubles as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has announced to dissolve a major LDP faction that he had led. In response, the larges...

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January 15, 2024   It is delightful that Lai Chingte of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party, who is pro-American and pro-Japanese and distances himself from China, won the presidential election th...

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November 20, 2023   At their first meeting in a year, the top Japanese and Chinese leaders, though reaffirming the comprehensive promotion of a “mutually beneficial relationship based on common stra...

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October 30, 2023   Is this the beginning of the end of the Kishida administration? Hiroshige Seko, secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in the House of Councillors, has openly qu...

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October 16, 2023   Prime Minister Fumio Kishida who fails to call terrorism “terrorism” may be disqualified as a national leader. There was a X (formerly Twitter) post by Kishida that led me to thin...

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October 10, 2023   “I have squarely faced challenges one by one, made decisions, and taken actions in the past two years,” Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters on October 3, a day before the ...

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September 25, 2023   Japan is the third largest contributor to the United Nations after the United States and China. Russia is not even among the Top 10 contributors. Nevertheless, the U.N. is compl...

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September 19, 2023   Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s newly reshuffled cabinet has a lineup that lacks freshness due to the selection of many hopefuls on a “waiting list” for cabinet ministers recomme...

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July 10, 2023   The result was as expected. The discussions between the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner, the Komeito party, which had been discussing the relaxation ...

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