While it can hardly be said that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has given credible answers about his role in the Moritomo Gakuen and Kake Gakuen school scandals, it is also increasingly apparent that the general public is willing to let him brush off these scandals and to get on with his policy agenda.
One of Japan’s best known politicians targets a prominent internet journalist, and in the process calls into question the very utility of social media.
If there has ever been a fresh Japanese political organization that seems to have learned deeply from the mistakes of the past and is making all the right moves, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan is the one.
There is plenty of reason to believe that the Party of Hope, which is the second-largest opposition party in the House of Representatives, is not long for this world. However, it remains unclear at this moment where its collection of centrist and rightwing lawmakers will end up going.
The Nukaga Faction with its 55 lawmakers is the third largest of the ruling party’s factions. The turmoil could potentially have an impact on the Liberal Democratic Party presidential race in September, in which Shinzo Abe will seek an unprecedented third term against one or more challengers.
The agreement to unify the opposition Party of Hope and the Democratic Party into a single parliamentary caucus collapsed ignominiously after only two days.
Fascist author Naoki Hyakuta extends his attacks to millions of ordinary Japanese.
Whether it be the Lockheed Scandal of the 1970s, the Recruit Scandal of the 1980s, or the more recent misadventures that shook the Abe administration, such as the fall of prominent ministers Akira Amari and Yuko Obuchi, the issue of “money and politics” is a theme that runs like a steam train through the center of postwar Japanese political history.
The 2017 general election shows that the Japanese floating voter favors the bold.
So this is how democracy dies—in a painfully boring press conference.