The Significance of the National Security Legislation Controversy

In September 2015, the government secured enactment of its national security legislation despite ongoing protests outside the Diet. The Democratic Party of Japan, the top opposition party, allied itself with the protest movement as it tried to block passage of the controversial legislation. This series looks at the DPJ’s approach and media coverage for clues to the future of Japanese politics and society.

The Polarization of the Japanese Media and the Need for Middle GroundSatō Takumi

Japanese newspapers are said to have become polarized in their coverage of controversial issues like the recent national security legislation. How does their current approach compare with their stance in 1960, when renewal of the Japan-US security treaty split the nation? And what is their role in the age of the Internet, where people are unlikely to seek content that conflicts with their own opinions?

The Difficult Role of the Top Opposition PartyMachidori Satoshi

The Democratic Party of Japan, which governed from 2009 to 2012, failed in its quixotic attempt to block the government’s national security legislation by joining forces with protesters outside the Diet. The DPJ must return to a textbook approach to its role as the top opposition party if it hopes to regain power.

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