Archive for December 17th, 2012

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Japanese Economy During Shinzo Abe’s Term as First Prime Minister

December 17, 2012

Abe’s first stint as Japan’s prime minister lasted exactly one year and ended on September 27th.  His reputation back then was much as it remains now.  He’s a foreign policy hawk.  In 2006-7, he practiced toughness in dealings with North Korea and other Asian neighbors and denied atrocities committed by Japan during and before the […] More

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Transformative Election Results in Japan

December 17, 2012

Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party captured 294 seats in the lower house of parliament, a massive gain from the 119 seats it held previously.  Along with New Komeito’s 31-seat total, the incoming coalition will control a “supermajority” of 325 seats, more than 2/3rds of the 480 seats in that legislative chamber, and that total will enable […] More