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Abe Cabinet’s Approval Rate Rises to 45.4%: Jiji Poll (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 17 (Jiji Press)—Public support for the cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō rose 8.3 percentage points from October to 45.4% this month, outpacing its disapproval rate, which dropped 4.7 points to 37.1%, for the first time in two months, according to a Jiji Press opinion poll. The results, released on Friday, appear to reflect the public's positive response to the ruling Li…
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Trump in Japan: Can America Address Its Strategic Shortcomings?Teshima Ryūichi

US President Donald Trump kicked off his tour of Asian nations with his first visit to Japan, a vital ally to the United States. Summit meetings with Prime Minister Abe Shinzō produced agreement on the need for a stronger alliance to pressure North Korea and forge a free, open Indo-Pacific region. But can a fading American presence in the face of China’s rise be reversed?
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Japan Adopts Additional Sanctions on North Korea (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 7 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government approved at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday additional sanction measures it will impose on its own against North Korea, freezing the assets of 35 organizations and individuals linked to the country. By expanding the scope of its unilateral sanctions, Japan is aiming to cut off financial sources for research and development activities or inflows of…
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Abe’s Election Ploy Pays OffOnoe Kimitoshi

The October 22 snap election for the House of Representatives was short on substance, but Prime Minister Abe Shinzō’s bid to catch the opposition off-balance paid off spectacularly, as an old challenger fractured and a new one fizzled. Veteran journalist Onoe Kimitoshi examines the political calculations and missteps behind the latest Liberal Democratic Party landslide and the challenges that lie ahead for the government.
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Turnout Put at 2nd-Lowest in Japan Lower House Election (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 23 (Jiji Press)—Voter turnout for single-seat constituencies in Sunday's election for the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, is projected at around 53.69%, the second-lowest in the post-World War II period, a Jiji Press estimate showed Monday. The figure is higher than the post war low of 52.66% marked in the previous Lower House election in 2014. The low …
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Abe’s Ruling Bloc Scores Landslide Victory in Lower House (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 23 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Kōmeitō, scored a landslide victory in the crucial general election on Sunday, helping Abe to consolidate his grip on power nearly five years after returning to the nation's top office. In the closely watched election, the LDP and Kōmeitō won 313 seats in the House of Representat…
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30% Planning to Vote for LDP in October 22 Election: Jiji Poll (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 13 (Jiji Press)—A Jiji Press survey found Friday that 30.7% of voters are planning to vote for Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's Liberal Democratic Party in the proportional representation blocs of the October 22 House of Representatives election. Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko's Party of Hope came second with support from 11.8%, according to the survey, conducted nationwide for four days th…
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Credible Opposition to Japan’s Conservatives Beyond HopeKen Victor Leonard Hijino

Japanese politics is roiling on the surface again, with old parties splintering and new parties emerging at a breathless pace ahead of the 2017 snap general election. But it is doubtful if all of this turmoil will make any substantial difference for the dominance of the conservatives.
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Election Season Kicks Off: Parties Line Up for October 22 Contest

On October 10, 2017, the campaigning officially kicked off for the House of Representatives election slated for October 22. So far the election has been spun primarily as a referendum on the performance of the administration of Prime Minister Abe Shinzō. The cards seem stacked against Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Kōmeitō, in terms of extending their lead in the lower h…
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Abe’s Comeback and the General Election OutlookTobias Harris

On September 25, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō held a press conference at which he announced that, upon the opening of the autumn extraordinary session of the Diet on September 28, he would dissolve the House of Representatives and call a general election for October 22. The election comes as a surprise after a summer in which Abe’s net approval ratings (based on Japan Political Pulse’s mo…
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